“It’s good to know the organisation values the input from volunteers and service users”

During Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the work of our amazing volunteers. The members of our Expert Voices Group represent the voice of patients and carers. The group plays a key role in providing advice to help improve our services and develop new ideas, and we appreciate their support so much. by Sue Mearns Expert Voices Group Member Sue Mearns. Expert Voices Group Member

I’m a member of Marie Curie’s Expert Voices Group.
My fellow volunteers and I are asked to comment on policies, either at face-to-face meetings or by email. I’ve also taken part in several hospice ‘inspections’ and it was lovely to talk to patients, their carers and team members and see what fantastic work goes on. I’m on the local hospice user group too and help to gather patient feedback. Many years ago now, my late partner was cared for at one of the hospices, where she died. The care we both received from the hospice staff was truly wonderful. Later on, I became a volunteer in the Day Therapy department at the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford. When someone suggested I join the Expert Voices Group I was delighted to get involved. I feel a particular debt of gratitude to Marie Curie and very much admire their ethos and the work they do. I feel I am contributing, in a small way, to the work of the organization. I enjoy meeting the people connected with Marie Curie, be they fellow Expert Voices, staff members or, most important of all, the people who use Marie Curie services. It’s good to know the organisation values input from volunteers and service users. I like to think I am making a useful contribution to the work of Marie Curie. I am often very moved by the skills displayed by staff members, and the way that patients cope with what can be very difficult circumstances. Read more about our Expert Voices Group   and how you can get involved.