We currently have 16 wonderful volunteers who help us run our charity shops.
We currently have 18 super car drivers who use their own cars to offer a door to door service, driving people who have genuine transport difficulties to their appointments and activities.
We currently have 11 fabulous volunteers who are helping to build our directory and signpost people to support in the community.
At Health Connections we rely on the support our Volunteers give us and to demonstrate our gratitude we want to reciprocate their support by offering them membership to our Timebank!
Why our Volunteers work with us
Pierre Herve – off island support volunteer
My purpose in becoming a charity volunteer was to make some sort of meaningful contribution to people experiencing physical and/or emotional difficulties. I retired as a registered nurse in 2017, but still felt a need to offer support to a worthwhile charity.
Being part of an existing local charity that was undergoing transformation I became quite excited by the underlying principles set out in the charities vision plan and felt that I could help by becoming a volunteer with newly the re-branded ‘Health Connections’.
Under new operational leadership came the idea of providing a change of direction in the offering of community support. A concept that enabled the delivery of health related information using a partnership approach. I felt this was a wonderful opportunity in which voluntary and statutory services could offer health related support to people in our local community and felt drawn to offer my services.
Michele – Community Connector
When my husband Rob Broome was diagnosed with cancer last May we tried to look things up to support both him and us as a family. However, we found that although lots of people held some information there didn’t seem to be any one place where we could find out all we needed consequently some information we found came too late for both him and us. Also we didn’t always know what to look for because we didn’t know what existed. When Rob died we approached the palliative care nurses at Bulstrode House about putting together a pack of information for anyone diagnosed with Cancer, as some cancers seemed to be better catered for than others. The nurse suggested talking to Liz Dorey, an End of Life Facilitator, who agreed that it was a worthwhile project. After Liz and I met with the different cancer charities and put forward our ideas we were approached by the Information Exchange who explained what they were planning to do and asked if we would join forces with them and help find information for their website. This was to include cancer but also support for very young to the elderly, from helping families to supporting people who were isolated and those who were ill and/or had disabilities. We felt that this was a worthwhile project which encompassed our original aims and more besides so as a family we have worked alongside them to help populate this website. We have been amazed at the amount of support and information Guernsey has to offer and to have this now on one website is a huge achievement and we are sure that other support groups will come forward that we don’t know about yet and are proud to have been a part of this in my husband’s memory and this is also a very significant time as he died a year ago this Saturday 13th October.
Ken – Voluntary Car Driver
Applying for transport under the VCS scheme can lead to customers gaining invaluable information through Health Connections about other services that are open to them – it works in tandem with these services because these are often the very people who need them’.