We have a number of volunteering opportunities available and are asking local people to spare their time to help us during the current pandemic.
Lisa Cole, voluntary service manager at the trust, said: “We are looking for kind, empathetic and honest individuals, with a couple of hours each week to spare, to help us at this challenging time.
“Whether it’s collecting someone’s medication, delivering personal protective equipment to trust sites or playing a tune from outside one of our hospitals, your skills, experience and time can make a huge difference to the trust and the people we support.
“It can also have a positive impact on your emotional wellbeing, as doing something kind or for the benefit of others has been shown to reduce stress levels.
“Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local NHS. It also gives you the opportunity to meet people, learn new skills and get connected with your local community.”
Here are some of the ways you can help:
- phoning patients for a chat to help with isolation
- phoning patients to complete customer satisfaction surveys
- delivering personal protective equipment, paperwork, food parcels or prescriptions
- helping patients access their clinical appointments via video
- meeting visitors to our hospital buildings and directing them to face masks and handwashing equipment
- running an activity group with patients via video link, for example a craft group or poetry workshop
- providing entertainment for people staying in hospital – weather permitting, it would be great if local musicians could play for our patients from outside our hospital buildings – you’d need your own PA and extension lead.
All volunteers will be asked to undertake enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and will receive full training and support. Social distancing and safe working practices are in place for all volunteers at the Trust and protective equipment will be supplied where needed.
Dennis Bryan, volunteer at Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham, said: “Volunteering at TEWV has been a really positive and rewarding experience. I’ve had some lovely conversations with people and it feels good to know that I’ve been able to contribute something to those who are struggling at the moment.”
If you are interested in volunteering with the trust, please call 0191333 6328 or email
TEAWVNT.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.