Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Volunteer Week 2017

WHH Volunteers are calling for new recruits!

During National Volunteer Week which runs from 1st June, Warrington and Halton Hospitals are promoting different volunteering opportunities that are available at the Trust to highlight how by giving up some free time you can really make a difference.

The Trust truly values the diversity and added value of our WHH Volunteers and how they make a difference to the patient experience. We already have some fantastic volunteers in a diverse range of roles and we continue to develop new and innovative ways that can enhance the patient experience.

Volunteers are active on our wards as Ward Companions or Ward Buddy’s who support patients in a variety of ways, talking to them, visiting them, engaging them in activities, providing refreshments, being the link between patient and staff.

There are volunteers supporting clinics, meeting patients to show them new systems, make sure they are ok and liaising with staff. There are also volunteer’s courtesy calling patients to remind them about appointments that are coming up to help reduce non-attendances.

Volunteers can also record their volunteering hours, training and achievements which is an excellent evidence base for those participating in projects such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and for those looking to get workplace experience ahead of returning to work or changing careers.

Volunteers should be at least 16 years old and be willing to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Volunteers also have to complete a Trust induction which includes fire safety, safeguarding and infection control.

All opportunities are available to view on the WHH Volunteer portal where wards and services can offer live opportunities and volunteers can browse roles and complete their initial registration.

Claire Jones, Volunteer Manager said “If you have a bit of spare time and are interested in helping out at your local hospital, whatever skills or experience you have, we can find a role to suit you. Everyone has something to offer.”

If you would like to find out more about the different volunteering opportunities available or register to become a WHH volunteer, visit the online portal at http://volunteer.whh.nhs.uk/

Published: 01/06/2017

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