The Hospital Volunteers’ group form a valuable link for the Friends and, because the Volunteers share the same fundamental objective, have a natural affinity with them.
In addition to their caring role of guiding often apprehensive patients to their appointment clinics and generally making them feel at home, the Volunteers are minded to raise funds to support the Friends’ objective of supplementing the resources of the Hospital to aid in the provision of amenities for patients and staff.
In the main they do this by soliciting Books, DVDs and CDs, and displaying them in the Hospital Reception area selling them for 50p each. Last year they raised over £3,000 for the Friends in this way, and this fund raising has contributed to the purchase of a number of significant pieces of equipment over recent years.
The Volunteers group is organised and co-ordinated by the Matron & Site Manager, Sue Brooks, who also has a seat on the board of trustees of the Friends.
A rota is agreed and issued for attendance at the Hospital for ‘Meet & Greet’ duties. A duty dress code applies and training is given in Health & Safety (wheelchair use etc.), Fire Safety, Infection Control and Evacuation procedures. This is usually at a training day held annually.
The Group currently numbers around 20 which just covers the Hospital week with duty spells each morning and afternoon of 2 to 2.5 hours duration, although there is little margin for cover if volunteers are not available for their duty and more volunteers are being sought.
Interest in the Volunteers comes largely from people who have retired from often responsible roles in both the private and public sectors and wish to contribute to the caring of people less fortunate than themselves.
To become a volunteer please contact us using the email link below. We are a happy team and we have the hospital interests at heart.
Or if you prefer you may download our Membership Form using the link below.