The James Paget has a dedicated team of volunteers who help patients and support staff across the hospital and in Volunteers' Week, from 1 to 7 June, we’re celebrating their dedicated work and achievements.
On Wednesday, 6 June, there will be a special celebration and information event in the hospital chapel between 10am and 3pm, with existing volunteers and anyone who may be interested in volunteering at the Paget all welcome to attend.
There will be the chance to get more information about the opportunities available and to meet those who currently volunteer with us, who will also have the chance to chat and catch up with their colleagues.
You’ll also be able to pick up a volunteer application form and more information from the front desk throughout the week too, so if you can’t make it on Wednesday 6 you can still find out more.
Our volunteers are Dementia Befrienders, Breastfeeding peer supporters, front desk welcomers, bleep volunteers who collect medicines for patients being discharged from hospital and administration assistants and also work to support our learning disability, medical records and cleaning teams. They carry out a range of tasks to make our patients more comfortable and to support our staff. The hospital also works closely with Red Cross volunteers and the Be Reassured (Bras) group who support breast care services and patients attending breast cancer clinics at the James Paget.
Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Cook said; “We are grateful for the support of everyone who volunteers their time to support patients and staff at the hospital. Our volunteers are aged from mid teens to mid 90s and each one makes a valuable contribution. Some see it as a way to get a taste of what working in a busy hospital is like and to gain experience before applying for a full-time job or moving into the healthcare field. For others it’s a way of giving back and supporting individual patients and the NHS – being useful in a meaningful way and part of something bigger.
“We welcome applications from new volunteers and this week gives you an opportunity to find out more about their work and whether it might be something you’d like to do.”
If you have some time to spare and would like to assist please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Cook by emailing Catherine.Cook@jpaget.nhs.uk or calling 01493 453290.
You can also find out more on our website here - www.jpaget.nhs.uk/get-involved/volunteer/
At the moment we’re particularly keen to hear from any hairdressing volunteers – anyone with a suitable qualification or experience who may wish to offer a few hours to help us offer this service to patients.