At Derby Teaching Hospitals we have around 500 volunteers across our two hospital sites.
Some work a couple of hours a week, some more than this. There are people of all ages and from all kinds of lives. We have young volunteers from local schools coming in to help elderly patients at meal times, making strong intergenerational links and providing valuable experience to potential healthcare workers of the future.
As different as our volunteers are, the one thing they all share is a passion to use their time to help others. Voluntary jobs include;
- delivering newspapers to patients;
- giving directions to visitors and patients
- spending time with patients on the ward, helping them at meal times and engaging them in activities
- driving patients about the place in the volunteer buggy;
- visiting patients who have recently left hospital in their homes;
- serving customers in tea bars and shops
On top of this there are other volunteers working for the League of Friends, Macmillan and the Friends of the Baby Unit charities. In 2013 our innovative intergenerational volunteer scheme won the inaugural Compassionate Patient Care award at the prestigious HSJ Awards.
Our volunteers love what they do. Here are a couple of their comments:
“It gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to people; I have met many people I have worked with in the past, who without volunteering, I would have not met again.”
“It enables me to brighten up the patient’s day when they are at there lowest, I feel rewarded and privileged to be allowed to help with the patients in this way.”
If you’re interested in making a difference, get in touch.
If you would like to register as a volunteer, click on the link below, once registered we will send periodic emails detailing our current vacancies, you must reply to the emails to be consider for each volunteer post.
We currently have no facility to offer parking for anyone wishing to volunteer, so please consider this if you are thinking about volunteering.