The 1-7 June is Volunteers’ Week an opportunity to celebrate and say thank-you to the volunteers who give so much of their free time to help and support us here at City Hospitals Sunderland.
Volunteers play an important part in our service and care delivery and we know their hard work and friendliness enhance the patient and family/carer experience. Our volunteers are not directly involved in patient care but help provide extra support to patients and staff and we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive. Volunteers are drawn from a variety of groups and backgrounds and often bring with them unique skills which provide a valuable contribution to the Trust. It is hoped that by contributing to services, volunteers will foster better local ownership and act as advocates for the Trust in the local community while providing a valuable addition to a positive patient, carer and visitor experience.
It is also recognised that volunteering has positive benefits for volunteers. There are a number of reasons why people volunteer. For many of our volunteers it is a chance to do something positive and to help others. Others simply have time to spare and wish to give to something that matters to them.
City Hospitals Sunderland actively encourages local people to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of our patients, staff and visitors. Volunteering can be very rewarding and can be used to develop new skills, confidence and meet new friends. A number of our volunteer team have been actively involved in the PLACE inspections this year as well as participating the Trust Nutrition & Hydration Week helping to serve afternoon tea to the patients.
To show appreciation of the time and commitment our volunteers make we will be holding an event in the hospital Chaplaincy Suite on Friday 2nd June to say a big thank-you to all of our volunteers including:
- Hospital Navigator Volunteers
- Ward Helper Volunteers
- Help and Advice Service Volunteers
- Chaplaincy Volunteers
- Macmillan Service Volunteers
- Royal Voluntary Service Volunteers
- Hospital Radio Volunteers
We had a successful recruitment drive in 2016 in order to increase our team of volunteers and are looking for new volunteers to join us. If you are interested you can find more about how to become a volunteer here, or search for our latest volunteers vacancies on NHS Jobs.