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“I’ve played a part in helping people make healthy choices for their future.”

Posted on the 22nd June 2016

Do you want to help make a difference to people’s health and meet new people in the process? If so, why not sign up to volunteer with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust!

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year contributing an estimated £23.9billion to the economy. At Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, volunteers play an important and valued role in providing support to service users alongside the healthcare professionals to add an extra dimension to their care.

Hana Patel, a Meet and Greet/Promotional Event Volunteer with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s smoking cessation service, the Quit Squad, explains what she likes about her role:

“I really enjoy volunteering with the Quit Squad and I’ve learnt so much during my time with them. I find it exhilarating meeting new people and it feels good to know that at the end of the day I’ve played a part in helping people make healthy choices for their future. As a volunteer I’m not always able to answer everyone’s questions however I can point them in the direction of someone who can.

“Volunteering with the team has been great as they allow me to be flexible with my hours. I am a part-time student at the University of Central Lancashire and have other commitments however I’m able to contribute at least half or one day a week. The team has some great information and displays for people to look at; when we attend events one of the most popular shows a pair of lungs showing the effects of tar on the organs. It’s not great to look at and can be the start of people’s thought process to make the decision to stop smoking! We also have loads of information on items not always thought about when you think stop smoking services. We have details on vaping, a hot topic at the moment and I’ve learnt a lot about the effects that has on people’s health, as well as shisha and chewing tobacco.

“The team provides lots of support and training to help you offer the best service. As well as helping others, volunteering looks good on my CV and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way. If anyone is thinking of volunteering I’d highly recommend contacting the Volunteering Service and get involved!”

Denise Carson, Volunteering Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Volunteers make a brilliant contribution by working alongside our teams to enhance the services they provide. The support offered by our volunteers can make the world of difference to our service users, their families and carers. We are extremely proud of all our volunteers for their dedication and I would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one you!”

The Trust will shortly be recruiting for more Meet and Greet/Promotional Event Volunteers across Lancashire. For more information about the role please contact Suzanne Hood on 01772 644156 or email Suzanne.hood@lancashirecare.nhs.uk. For information regarding other volunteering opportunities at the Trust please call 01772 645507 or email volunteering@lancashirecare.nhs.uk. You can find out more about the Quit Squad by visiting their website at www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.