The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity is launching a new campaign to find volunteers to help promote and support its rewarding and invaluable work.
With help from members of the public, local businesses, and community groups, the charity provides the additional extras to elevate the work of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) that cannot be provided by the NHS.
In recent months this has included:
- the purchase of a new interactive sensory play system for sick children
- support for the refurbishment of a bereavement room on a labour ward that is warm and comforting for parents to spend precious time with their child
- the purchase of a digital therapy system for elderly patients living with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s that allows them to listen to music, watch old films and enjoy activities as part of their hospital recovery
- the purchase of an interactive play scanner to help prepare children for a diagnostic test
- supporting staff wellbeing.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity Manager, Ben Petts, said: “We are ambitious in supporting patients and staff at Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals. There has never been a better time to get involved.
“Volunteering is a great way to bring your skills, time, and enthusiasm to support our charity.”
Some of the tasks volunteers could get involved with are:
- updating charity information around the hospital sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham and in the community
- promoting the charity’s work in the community at talks or bucket collections
- attending and supporting charity events, lending an extra pair of hands
- replenishing charity collection goblets in the community
- fundraising as part of a group.
Ben added: “We are really fortunate and so appreciative of the support provided by our existing team of volunteers in our hospitals. They are clearly visible in their bright yellow tops and play such an important role in both patient facing and back office roles. They are worth their weight in gold.
“This new role will be very different. The charity volunteers will play a vital part in ensuring that our charity presence and impact is recognised countywide showcasing our work in our local communities.
“It is such a rewarding opportunity and the chance to indirectly make a massive difference for patients and staff working in our hospitals.”
Andy Tysoe, Voluntary Services Manager, said: “We are excited for this new volunteering opportunity at ULHT. The charity is an important part of giving patients the best possible care and this new role will allow us to achieve this even more.
“We have a wide variety of roles at ULHT, from ward buddies to meet and greeters. You can find out more and apply on the Trust’s website.”
If you are interested in becoming a United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity volunteer please complete an application form that can be found on the charity website or call the charity on 01522 57221 if you have any questions.