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Be a Volunteer 2015

Posted on the 5th March 2015

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to meet new people, as well as learning, or building on, existing knowledge and skills. Roles within the Trust can vary, whether it is volunteering in an office, as a dining companion, an interpreter or a meeting facilitator. The time spent as a volunteer is flexible and roles can work around the commitments of each individual. 

Denise Carson, Volunteer Service Manager said:

“Volunteers provide our teams with the opportunity to enhance the services they provide. The volunteers work alongside members of staff to provide high quality, compassionate care and help to ensure our service users have a positive experience whilst in our care. Volunteers give a lot of support within the local community and this can make a real impact on the lives of both our patients and their families. We currently have over 200 volunteers of all ages and from different walks of life. Volunteers are an integral part of our services and we really value their input and support.”

Lewis Cornall, 23 from Preston works at Guild Lodge in Whittingham providing maintenance services. After being employed at the site for a few months, he wanted a way to provide support to the service users in addition to his work. Lewis contacted the team and started volunteering on the wards in the evenings as a Healthcare Support Volunteer and he is now registered with the Trust’s bank staff. Lewis explains:

“I really enjoy volunteering at Guild Lodge and being able to help the service users. I go home after every shift with an enormous sense of achievement knowing I have helped someone during a difficult time of their life.  After working at Guild Lodge for a few months, I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a Healthcare Support Worker. As I had no previous experience working with service users, volunteering was a great way to gain the necessary skills required for the role whilst maintaining my full time employment. I am now able to work as a Healthcare Support Worker at the site, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities volunteering has provided for me.

“Personally, my experience has helped change the way I see my own life and I have found I have a much more positive outlook as a result of the feel-good factor I get from helping others.  I can’t thank the volunteering team enough for this opportunity, I feel like I am really making a difference to people’s lives.”

The Trust is dedicated to supporting its staff and volunteers to help them achieve their potential. This is one element which forms part of the Trust’s wider Five Year Plan that contributes to the overall vision of providing 21st century healthcare with wellbeing at its heart.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Volunteering-Services or contact 01772 645507.