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.”

Interested in volunteering?

We urgently need volunteers like Joan to help at our Winsford shop on various days and times to suit individuals. Find out more about the role and register your interest.