Call for people to join hospital's growing voluntary team

They play a vital role in the day-to-day running of Southampton’s teaching hospitals, generously giving 30,000 hours’ service a year.

More than 900 dedicated volunteers working everywhere from the radiology department to the admin office, outpatients and child health perform key roles and complement the work of staff across Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

But the voluntary services team are looking for a new wave of troops, with roles as varied as working in the tea bars, conducting patient surveys or offering a sympathetic ear.

To mark national Volunteers’ Week, the team will be holding an open day for new recruits in the main entrance of Southampton General Hospital from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday (2 June) to talk to people keen to find out more.

Those interested in forging a career in healthcare will be able to find out about work experience, while people with foreign language skills can discover more about providing support for patients whose first language is not English through the interpreting service.

“Our volunteers are a credit to the Trust, but also to the community and the city,” said Kim Sutton, voluntary services manager.

“But we are always keen to expand our team and add different skills and qualities because there are many roles to be carried out every day.”

She added: “We hope people will take the opportunity to come and speak to us, find out about the great work being carried out by our team members and see how they can get involved too.

Posted on Wednesday 26 May 2010