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An insight in to volunteering as a Complementary Therapist

Nina, 68 from Jesmond, is a former Complementary Therapy volunteer, specialising in reflexology. She was a volunteer at St Oswald’s for 17 years but had to give up volunteering at the Hospice when she relocated to France in 2012.

Nina said: “I began volunteering at the Hospice in 1996, and at the time the service was relatively new with just one employed member of staff and two volunteers.

“I have a nursing background and I knew I wanted to do something to help people. I didn’t want to re-train as a nurse so I looked in to volunteer vacancies, and Complementary Therapy interested me. I didn’t have the necessary qualifications at the time but decided to train in reflexology.

“There’s so much I enjoyed during my time at St Oswald’s – the Complementary Therapy team are great, I worked closely with all the wonderful nurses and really enjoyed giving treatments to the patients. I worked in Day Hospice so I saw many of the same patients every week, so it was nice to build relationships with them. Some patients said that having reflexology was the best hour of their day so you know what you’re doing makes a difference. I still think about some of the patients I have met over the years.”