Volunteering in a hospital setting provides opportunities to:
- Make new friends
- Gain new knowledge and skills
- Share your skills, knowledge and experience
- Increase your confidence through the range of exposures to different people and situations
- Gain valuable work experience
- Allow you to find a sense of purpose
- Patient / ward buddies – Supporting the ward staff and patients with tea rounds. Spending time befriending and communicating with patients.
- Hospital host/hostesses – Meeting and greeting patients at the main entrances to the hospital and escorting them to a variety of clinics or departments within the hospital.
- Mealtime supporters – The number of people entering hospital malnourished is increasing – 148,946 entered hospital malnourished in 2007; this rose to 175,003 in 2008. So this support could really change and improve lives.
- Dementia support volunteers – Following training you will be able to befriend and support patients with dementia, using creative activities to stimulate and engage them.
- Patient advocates – Visiting wards, speaking to patients and gaining feedback about their hospital experience then highlighting issues identified to the appropriate managers.
- Working in WRVS shops – WRVS volunteers and staff run shops and cafés in hospitals throughout England, Scotland and Wales and provide an important service to inpatients.
For more info visit: https://www.swbh.nhs.uk/work-for-us/training-and-development/the-learning-works/