This is our Community Ambassador Steve. As an Ambassador for Richard House, Steve is often asked to go into the local community and speak to various groups and organisations about Richard House, telling them about the work we do and the services we offer to families. This not only enlightens but also encourages the local community to get involved in any capacity they can.
Steve first heard of #RichardHouse in the ’90s and has volunteered with us since 2004. He decided to volunteer with us because he wanted to ‘help those who were struggling to cope with daily life while looking after and raising children with life-limiting and life threatening illnesses.’
He felt that the role of Community Ambassador worked well for him as it was ‘one that I could perform whilst still working full time’ and was a role in which he could use his professional skills of public speaking and giving presentations to engage people with Richard House. This role allowed Steve to ‘give back and help spread the word within the community’ using his skills in the most effective way possible.
Steve believes this role is perfect for someone who ‘enjoys engaging with their peers and is passionate about Richard House. You also need to be a confident, clear speaker, who’s able to commit time regularly and happy to represent Richard House in public’.
Through working at the hospice Steve has seen how the hospice helps families with respite and care but also helps ‘families from diverse backgrounds come together to benefit from each other through shared experiences and I’ve seen first-hand how resilient people can be at time of great personal stress’. Over the years at Richard House Steve has seen many uplifting moments with our children and families and some of his fondest memories are of the ‘fun days when families visit and bring laughter and sunshine into the hospice’. This fuels his motivation for volunteering.
Without the help of Steve and other Ambassadors many people who support Richard House would simply not have heard of us. A problem facing all small charities is the struggle to get our message out to the masses so that people know who and what we are and that the people who need our services know we exist and are able to access the help they need. Without Richard House Heroes like Steve, we wouldn’t be the ‘home from home’ for all who visit that it is.
Have you ever considered volunteering, but aren’t sure how you can help? Get in touch today and we will help you find the perfect role for you!