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Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals seek volunteers

Would-be volunteers are being offered the opportunity to discover how they can help improve patients’ lives during their stay at Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals at a Volunteers Day in September.

Recruiters hope to emulate the success of last year’s campaign which generated huge interest in the roles which were created following the re-launch of volunteering within the trust. The posts were quickly filled by willing individuals keen to make a difference.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday 5 September at Scarborough Hospital and staff are looking to fill the roles of volunteer visitor and dining companion which aim to enhance patient experience and assist nursing staff.

It is hoped that the services will be rolled out to other wards and departments across the sites if enough volunteers are recruited.

Volunteer and work experience coordinator Lou Evans said: ‘‘The Volunteers Day is a chance to learn more about the exciting roles available at Bridlington and Scarborough. Staff and existing volunteers will be on hand to talk about the roles and explain the application process.

‘‘The Trust is extremely grateful for all support we receive from our volunteers and we look forward to speaking to anyone who is interested in finding out more.’’

Libby Bowman a volunteer visitor since December 2012 said: ‘‘As well as being rewarding on an emotional level, volunteering has helped me develop my confidence and communication skills and provided a valuable insight into the career I hope to go into. I have met some lovely people, both staff and patients, and it’s great to feel like you're making a difference and cheering people up. I think universities value the experience volunteering gives you as it shows that you are well rounded, good at communicating and genuinely interested in other people.’’

The event runs from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Thursday 5 September in the Discussion Room of the Postgraduate Centre, Scarborough Hospital. Those interested in volunteering at Bridlington are welcome to attend the volunteer day in Scarborough. Alternatively, call the volunteer team for more information and to arrange a meeting at Bridlington Hospital. The volunteer team can be contacted on 01723 385244.

23 August 2013

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