When Joan Perry took early retirement from the NHS where she worked as a Community Nurse, she initially looked for part-time employment.
However, when it proved difficult to find something that really interested her, she decided to look into volunteering opportunities whilst she continued job hunting.
“Having worked in a caring profession for so long I knew I wanted to do something worthwhile and support a local charity. The main thing I missed from my day to day job was working in a team and being new to the area I also wanted to meet new people.
I contacted St Luke’s to find out if there was any way I could help. I was immediately made to feel welcome and I started volunteering at the Winsford shop.”
“It definitely keeps me active and it has taught me that I transfer my skills from one occupation to another.”
– Joan Perry, volunteer
The benefits of volunteering
“I receive a great sense of worth by supporting the Hospice. It is a great chance to meet new people and have some fun by working as part of a team again.”