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George Eliot Hospital Celebrates Wonderful Volunteers

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Volunteer week 2016

Volunteers at George Eliot Hospital have been thanked for their contribution by the hospital’s Chairman to mark Volunteers’ Week 2016, which ran from 1-12 June.

Goody bags were given out to say thank you to all 150 hospital volunteers for giving up their time to help others within the Trust.

The hospital volunteers were also presented with a tea voucher and a slice of cake.

An insight into how volunteers support the hospital was shared on social media including the details about the various roles volunteers can undertake, the benefits of becoming a volunteer as well as how to get involved either directly through the hospital or via our partner organisations.

Our Volunteers help with activities like:

·         meeting, greeting and signposting patients and visitors upon their arrival to the Hospital; 

·         assisting with serving drinks and meals on the wards;

·         caring for the hospital’s courtyards through light gardening and dedicated nurturing; 

·         informing and assisting in the use of the hospital’s library book lending machine; 

·         office and ward administration support;

·         our chaplaincy lay visitors support the hospital by visiting patients on wards by chatting, reading or gathering their views about their care and stay.

Claire Campbell, Director of Governance and board lead for volunteers, said “We are extremely thankful to all of our volunteers who kindly give their time to the hospital and provide additional support to our patients and staff.

We are delighted to announce that we have some exciting developments in our volunteer strategy which was launched at Trust Board on the 1st June 2016.”

Full details about how to get involved in becoming a volunteer can be found on the hospital’s website http://www.geh.nhs.uk/community-involvement/volunteering-geh/

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