Hospital seeks volunteers

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RAMPTON Hospital is looking for more people to volunteer their time and become part of its befriending scheme.

The scheme ensures that the hospital’s patients who would otherwise have little or no contact with friends or family, receive regular visits from someone who can spare time to chat, listen and just be a friendly face.

There are only three requirements for willing volunteers to meet - they are over 18, are able to commit to two hours per month and that they complete a three day training course.

The majority of patients at the hosptial are male and because of this there is a great demand for male volunteers.

“Volunteers can make an enormous difference to a patient’s life by enhancing the specialist support provided by the hospital staff,” said volunteer co-ordinator Victoria Housley.

“Patients at Rampton Hospital can often feel isolated from family and friends, or may have no visitors at all. The fact that volunteers choose to spend their time with them can be a really positive psychological boost for these individuals.”

“This scheme also challenges the myths and stereotypes that surround mental ill-health and the patients at the Hospital by providing people with a real insight and a chance to learn from other human beings.”

Currently there are 42 volunteers in the scheme, with some having volunteers for many years.

There is no fixed length of service however, but it is preferable for volunteers to commit to an initial 12 month period where possible in order to be able to develop consistency for patients.

To register interest or for more information contact Victoria Housley, on 01777 247539 or victoria.housley@nottshc.nhs.uk or Val Strawson, Volunteer Manager on 01777 247653, Valerie.strawson@nottshc.nhs.uk.