Volunteering

Volunteering at Winston’s Wish

Volunteers are a vital part of Winston’s Wish; we depend on the help of many hundreds of people to ensure that we are able to support all of the bereaved children and families who contact us.

Time is a valuable gift and we value any time that volunteers are able to give, whether it be for an hour, a day, a weekend, regularly or just now and again. Whichever way you choose to support us, you can be assured that your help makes all the difference.

People from all walks of life enjoy their volunteering experience with Winston’s Wish. They become involved for many different reasons – to develop skills and experience towards a career, to be involved in something that feels important to them, to meet new people, to fill in some spare time or just because they can.

 

Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of the children and young people that we support. Here at Winston’s Wish we can’t thank our volunteers enough for all the support they give.

We provide regular support and ongoing training to all our volunteers, in a friendly environment. We welcome ideas and feedback and like volunteers to be involved as much or as little as they wish – you are part of the Winston’s Wish Team!

Volunteer profiles

Steve Edgell

Steve Edgell

We’re delighted to announce that Winston’s Wish volunteer Steve Edgell has today WON a Heart of Gloucestershire Award, recognising his dedicated volunteering with us over the last two decades!

Volunteer-Lin-McInroe

Lin McIndoe

Lin has been a volunteer in our West Sussex office for three and a half years. She signed up to try and give a little back to the charity to say thank you for helping her family.

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Liz Oldfield

Liz first became a volunteer for Winston’s Wish several years ago when her son Oli joined the organisation to do his placement year from uni.

Meet our Young Ambassadors

This exciting opportunity gives young people affected by bereavement the chance to actively help shape our future. Winston’s Wish Young Ambassadors have several roles – they raise awareness of our work, inform and direct our services based on their own experiences, and raise vital funds. Each Young Ambassador has a different story to tell - please click on their names to find out more.

  • Catrin

    I was five years old when my dad was killed in a car accident and my family, including myself, left injured. I was traumatised by this as I remember everything about it, so I transformed myself into a Dalmation dog, so that I would not have to think about what was happening around me.

  • Nash

    Bereavement is one of the most difficult experiences in life. It’s a catalyst for a range of cynical emotions and overwhelms an individual with unbearable grief. This is why I am so grateful for charities like Winston’s Wish who offer care and support for children and young people dealing with the loss of a parent.

  • Delia

    I wanted to become a Winston’s Wish Young Ambassador so that I could give something back to a charity that has done so much for my family and I over the years. My Dad died in a tragic accident at home when my brother was 6 and I was only 4 years old. As I grew older I found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that he was never going to come back and that I had very few memories of him.

  • Holly

    Being bereaved of my Dad at the age of 13 through a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant left me sad and angry, who would think you could experience so many different emotions whilst grieving. Immediately my brother and I were put into contact with Winston’s Wish. They were fantastic. They helped me deal with all my mixed emotions and control the anger I felt. The anger wall on the residential weekend was definitely one of my favourites. Thanks to Winston’s Wish I am strong enough today to tell my story to help others.

  • Emma

    I lost my Dad when I was 15. Although I wasn’t supported by Winston’s Wish at the time, I wanted to become a Young Ambassador to help others who have lost parents through my experience and learning of how to cope with such a life changing event, to raise as much money as possible and to raise the profile of the charity.

  • Hatty

    I lost my Mum to cancer when I was just 8 years old, and it was the most painful experience I’ve had to deal with. My Dad got in contact with Winston’s Wish just before she passed, and they were brilliant from then on; they helped him explain her death to us, we went on a residential and day trips, participated in group activities and even made a programme on Chanel 5 with them!

  • Tim

    My mum died when I was 16 from PVL, a form of superbug that is quite rare. I think in the year my mum died (2006) there were around 4 or 5 fatalities. I live in Yorkshire and I wasn’t really given any support from anywhere. I was pointed towards Winston’s Wish well over 6 months after my mum died by a bereavement counselor who was only brought in to try and resolve mine and my Dad’s relationship.

  • Emily

    My Dad died through suicide when I was fifteen and it left me lost and confused. People at school didn’t understand and even those who had been through the loss of a parent didn’t come forward and offer me support. Being with other young people at the residential weekend made me realise I was not alone as they knew how I felt, they were having the same feelings too.

  • Amelia

    I got involved with Winston’s Wish when sadly my dad was killed in an accident when I was 12, and they have been brilliant in helping me and my family for the past few years! When I heard about the Young Ambassador group I instantly wanted to get involved because I wanted to give something back to the charity. I also wanted to make other people aware of what Winston’s Wish does and what an amazing charity it is.

  • Poppy

    I first discovered my passion for charity when I took part in a work experience placement at another charity head office when I was 15. Since then I have always known my heart lies in helping others. The buzz you get from knowing that you can make a difference to someone’s life inspires me and encourages me to do more.

  • Lawrence

    I decided to become a Young Ambassador for Winston’s Wish with the aim to provide some form of support and help to those who have endured the most painful thing one can, lose a loved one. Having lost my father at the age of 14 I have personally felt and dealt with the consequences of bereavement at a young age. The process of loss has made me who I am today. After using the services of Winston’s Wish I decided to return to them with the aim of helping young people going through what I went through and by becoming part of the support structure.

  • Rhiannon

    I was 9 years old when my father was killed in a car accident in which all my family were involved. Once we were out of hospital, my 4 siblings and I went to one of the Winston’s Wish residential weekends. Despite my young age, I remember that weekend so well. I still have my memory box with everything inside it!

  • Jennie

    I joined Winston’s Wish at the age of 12 following the unexpected loss of my father through suicide in 2003. Winston’s Wish is a charity that means so much to me and my family; I couldn’t thank them enough for the help they have given us.