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National Volunteers Week (1-7 June)

National Volunteers Week (1-7 June)

What can you do with three hours a week? Dozens of people volunteer at Wirral Community NHS Trust, to help others or kick-start an NHS career. Maybe you could too!

 

The Trust provides community health services for Wirral and the surrounding area, with bases at St Catherine's Health Centre in Tranmere and Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey.

 

Linda Gorham, Volunteer Development Manager said: "We are very lucky to have dozens of dedicated volunteers. Whether supporting clinical staff in Physiotherapy, helping out with administration at the Heart Support Service or assisting Community Nursing teams, our volunteers collectively give us around 4,500 hours a year. As this week (1-7 June) is National Volunteer's Week we want to recognise what fantastic support they provide".


She said: "People volunteer for all sorts of reasons. Some are looking for experience and to develop their understanding of the NHS to help develop a career. Others want to use their skills and life experience to benefit others".

 

Winner of the Trust's 2014 Volunteer of the Year award, Sean Hancox, said: "I've always wanted to be a physiotherapist and volunteering there has made me want to do it even more. It's been really good for me".

 

Carol Allanson, a volunteer at the Heart Support Service said: "It's just a way of giving back and helping out. It's like one big family".


Anne Kaye, who has volunteered with the League of Friends for a staggering 25 years said, simply said: "I just like coming in and serving people".

 

Linda explained: "As well as our having our own volunteers, we are very lucky to be supported by two charities, the League of Friends and Wirral HeartBeat. These are both run entirely by volunteers and provide us with much-appreciated financial support. The League runs a tea bar at our Walk in Centre in Wallasey and funds requests from services in that area. HeartBeat raises thousands of pounds and has paid for fitness equipment for use by recovering patients and even specialist nursing posts".

 

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities, why not become a Trust member and receive regular email or text updates about new placements. For further information please visit www.wirralct.nhs.uk.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:08

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