Celebrate Volunteers’ Week by becoming a volunteer at UCLH 

06/06/2016 00:00 
It’s Volunteers Week (1-12 June) and UCLH is marking the occasion by asking new volunteers to come forward and join our community of helpers.

We currently have 260 volunteers who take on important roles throughout our six hospitals, with the majority giving us one morning or afternoon a week. We have 70 different volunteer roles, including complementary therapists, welcomers and guiders, shoppers, activity volunteers, patient experience volunteers, discharge volunteers, magicians, play volunteers, mealtime assistance, reception support and baby clinic support.

Clive Pankhurst, volunteers lead, said: “Volunteers are such an important part of the team at UCLH. In the past year we estimate that our volunteers helped our patients and visitors nearly 110,000 times – if that was translated into wages it would amount to an economic contribution of around £120,000.

“Volunteering is a good way to learn new skills, improve your CV and make new friends.”

Clive is now looking for 340 more volunteers. Click here to apply.

UCLH also has three new canine volunteers who visit different wards at University College Hospital and the NHNN, accompanied by a human companion.

One inpatient at the NHNN was visited by Katie and Charlie the dog, who volunteer at UCLH through our partnership with the Mayhew Animal Home.

The patient wrote: “I was feeling pretty miserable. Just at that point I was woken up by a student nurse and a lovely lady called Katie who said they had a surprise for me and there in front of me was therapy dog Charlie. It was the best feeling in the world and was such a needed tonic at that time.

“I got to stroke and cuddle Charlie and chat to her owner who was so caring and patient and gave me lots of time to soak up the doggy love. I cannot put into words just how much that moment meant to me and what a difference it made.”

All of UCLH’s current volunteers are invited to a Volunteers' Week-inspired party next week to thank them for their valuable contributions. Clive said: “Our volunteers are an amazing and inspiring group of people. From former patients, to students wanting experience, or others just wanting to do something different they all share a desire to make a difference to our patients.” 

Click here to find out more about Volunteers' Week.


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