[Ifrah George | Contributing Writer]
On the 28th of October, student volunteers from the University of Hertfordshire attended a one-off project in Borehamwood called Noah’s Ark Hospice.
Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
Their aim is to support these families, often by working with agencies that help to support and give a happy life to the families, before its time to say goodbye to their child. These services range from practical and emotional support throughout the child’s journey; before being taken away.
As student volunteers working in a team, with fair communication and dynamic skills, we had to sort out over 300 board games or puzzles into categories of adult games and children games, and under those categories we split them between educational and non-educational including the different age groups. Whilst doing that, are multi-tasking skills were put to the test, by making sure that each game was in the form it was sold; meaning opening them and counting that all the pieces were present as said on the outer package. This was quite an active task, but with the motivation from fellow peers, and knowing this was all done for a good cause, our energy levels kept boosting in order to achieve the maximum level to help the charity shop run quicker.
Overall it was a jubilant day with a positive vibe. The staff of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice were very welcoming and friendly to have us join them, and they made us more aware about the cause they support and to spread the word to help gain more volunteers at the warehouse.