Hospital bosses to take part in Volunteer Week

As part of Volunteers' Week from 1st – 7th June hospital bosses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) will be giving up their spare time and trying their hand at volunteering.

On Friday 1st June, Emma McKay, Deputy Director of Nursing will be working on the East Out-Patient Reception Desk alongside volunteers Anne & Christine. Karen Lough, Divisional General Manager will be working on the Weybourne Unit with volunteer Richard who gives out refreshments to patients receiving chemotherapy and also runs errands to and from Pharmacy.

Meanwhile on the same day David Prior, Chairman will be going onto the wards with volunteer Arnold and getting feedback from patients as part of our Patient Experience project and Anna Dugdale, Chief Executive will be volunteering on Knapton Ward assiting Laura Holland a Speech and Language Therapist with helping those patients who need a little extra help to eat at mealtimes.

The NNUH currently has almost 600 volunteers working in many different areas of the hospital who give up their free time on a regular basis to help patients throughout the NNUH. The NNUH has achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work that we do with our volunteers. This Standard is made up of 10 indicators and the NNUH was assessed against a range of best practice standards, excelling in all aspects of working with its volunteers.

Sally Knights, Voluntary Services Manager said “This annual event celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too. Up and down the country, individuals and organisations will hold events to celebrate the contribution of volunteers and inspire others to take part.”

David Prior, Chairman said “We owe a huge debt to all our volunteers as they provide a valuable service for both patients and staff and I wanted to get involved in this week to see first hand what its like to be a volunteer.”

Anna Dugdale, Chief Executive said “we are always looking to recruit new volunteers and this week is an excellent way of highlighting just some of the valuable activities that our volunteers get involved in with our patients.”

Also as part of this week there are a couple of promotional events taking place this week on Thursday 31st May in Castle Mall Shopping Centre and Thursday 7th June in Chapelfield Shopping Centre this is a good opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to come and find out more.

Notes for editors

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Every year, over 20 million people across England and the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

Tuesday 29th of May 2012 09:00:05 AM