Volunteers celebrated during National Volunteers week
Airedale Hospital is using national volunteers week as an opportunity to say thank you to their 100’s-strong body of volunteers and to let people know how they can join the dedicated team.
There are over 350 registered hospital volunteers working in over 30 different areas and roles across the hospital site. The Friends of Airedale Hospital charity supports the hospital by raising funds through its shops, mobile ward trolley service and car boot sales which are all run by volunteers. The funds raised by the charity are donated back to the hospital through the purchase of various pieces of vital hospital equipment.
Some of the other services offered to the hospital by volunteers include; – running a patient transport service, providing flowers for wards and the chapel, a Saturday social event, befriending service, guides to direct people around the hospital and having mealtime assistants supporting patients on the wards.
There are also volunteers in other areas of the hospital including the neonatal unit and the haematology and oncology day unit – all of which share their time to make things better for patients and their relatives at the hospital.
Gurmit Jauhal, Voluntary Services Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“Our volunteers are an absolutely essential part of our hospital team and we couldn’t do it without them. We can never thank them enough for their dedication to this hospital and the patients that come here every day. The time and energy they devote is amazing – we are very lucky to have them.”
The trust also includes a ‘volunteer of the year’ award as part of the annual staff awards – to ensure this important group are recognized for their work.
For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer.
“If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer all they need to do is get in touch and let us know how they’d like to help. You just need to be aged 16 or over and there are lots of different roles to get involved in. In particular we’ve got vacancies in the Friendly Coffee shop at the weekend, so if anyone can help please let us know.”
For more information contact Gurmit Jauhal, Voluntary Services Manager, on 01535 294316 or email Gurmit.firstname.lastname@example.org