Following the success of last year’s Commonwealth Games, and the legacy of the internationally famous “Clydesiders”, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is hoping to capture that same spirit with a new initiative that will provide support and companionship for patients in hospital.
NHSGGC is asking locals in the West Dunbartonshire area “Can you spare a couple of hours to make a big difference to elderly patients in hospital?”.
A volunteering programme that aims to tackle the social isolation and boredom experienced by long term patients on hospital wards is being developed across wards at the Vale of Leven Hospital.
The project is appealing for friendly, confident volunteers with plenty of life experience to help improve the patients’ experience on long stay wards at the VOL.
Patients can often spend many weeks in hospital and may not have visitors.
Volunteers can make a significant difference to a patient’s experience through chatting and sharing activities which improve their stay in hospital.
Harry Balch, Volunteer Coordinator said: “Our volunteers are not substitutes for our professional, paid colleagues and we are very proud of the role they play, by giving freely of their time they are complementing the professional care patients receive.
“The project is a new initiative but we have already received positive feedback from the local community who think it’s a great idea and much needed.
“Volunteering on the wards is a rewarding experience and can really make a huge difference to our elderly patients. If you enjoy working with people, have a caring and friendly manner, and can offer a few hours a week we would love to hear from you. Our volunteers receive full training and support and any out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.”
Anyone interested in applying or simply wanting more information should contact:
NHS Volunteer Services
0141 201 5310