New youth volunteering project launches at UCLH 

31/05/2019 00:00 
A new project is encouraging young people to volunteer at UCLH. “I am looking forward to harnessing their energy and ideas," said Hannah Brazil, the new volunteer coordinator.

Voluntary Services has launched the new scheme for 16-18 year olds after receiving funding from UCLH Charity and the Pears Foundation, a charity which helps fund a number of projects across the country. Next week (1-7 June) marks National Volunteers' Week.

Hannah Brazil, the new volunteer coordinator leading the project, said: “Young people don’t often get credit for the positive things they offer society. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring dedicated and passionate young volunteers into UCLH.

“I am looking forward to harnessing their energy and ideas to support our teams and improve our patient experience. We will be partnering with local schools and colleges to engage with young people and build a connection between them and the community, as well as helping to develop skills for their future aspirations.”

The project is currently offering three main ways of getting involved:

  • Super Saturdays – bringing groups of young volunteers to the wards at weekends
  • Summer scheme – an intensive placement, rotating between different in and out patient roles
  • Patient support volunteer – general support in a variety of roles across UCLH. The volunteers will be matched with a role that suits their personality, skills and interests.

Tiegan Martin, 17, has been volunteering on the wards at University College Hospital for three months as part of a pilot.

She said: “Volunteering has helped me so much with my confidence and helped me realise that I want to work in a hospital environment – hopefully as a midwife. I love knowing that I’m helping people and supporting those patients that maybe don’t have anyone to speak to. Young people should definitely get involved with the project at UCLH to help open their eyes to new career paths, develop their skills and to give back.”

Do you know a young person who might be interested? Full details of the role descriptions are available on the jobs pages of the UCLH website here or email Hannah for more information.

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