Airedale Hospital on the lookout for new volunteers
Airedale Hospital is looking for new volunteers to help in its busy shops and cafes and for the ward trolley which gives patients a vital personal service to make sure they have everything they need whilst they are in hospital.
A few hours a week are all that’s needed and there are lots of flexible shifts available from an hour and a half a day for the trolley service, up to a 3 and a half hour shift for the shops.
The shop and cafe in outpatients opens 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, while the shop and café in the main entrance is open 10am – 8pm, seven days a week.
Shop volunteers welcome and serve customers in the two newly refurbished shops and cafes and their daily work includes operating tills, stocking shelves, making tea and coffee and helping clear away
Trolley volunteers work in pairs and regular visits to the wards make it easy to get to know the customers and build up a friendly rapport. Trolley volunteers need to have good communication skills, follow ward hygiene rules and be fit enough to push a trolley around the wards.
Training will be given for both roles and there will be lots of support on hand from shop staff and other volunteers.
Volunteer Ena Senior said, “I love coming in to do my Trolley role, I have been doing it for years. I really enjoy meeting and serving the patients and find it very rewarding. I would recommend this role to anyone wanting to volunteer”.
Volunteer Jean Baylin added, “People appreciate us coming around with the Trolleys. They also enjoy having a chat with us as many people do not have family or visitors coming to see them”.
Gurmit Jauhal, Voluntary Services Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“There are so many benefits of becoming a hospital volunteer. Our volunteers love meeting new people, forming bonds with patients, visitors and staff in the hospital and being active and on the move.
Our 350 volunteers really do contribute in so many ways to help patients and visitors and all the funds raised in the shops are used to improve patient care.”
There is an application process which includes an application form, an informal interview and completing a health screening. If you would like to apply or find out more please contact the Voluntary Services Department on 01535 294624 / 295316 or email Gurmit.firstname.lastname@example.org.