Hospital volunteers celebrate award

THE volunteer service at Rotherham Hospital has been recognised for ensuring it offers a rewarding experience by Voluntary Action Rotherham.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, was awarded ‘Kitemark Plus’ status by VAR for the way the service is co-ordinated and managed.  

The trust recruits volunteers to work in clinical and non-clinical areas to support and enhance the experience of patients. 

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Roles include taking the patient library to wards and outpatient clinics, welcoming and helping patients and visitors find their way around, supporting the Macmillan information and support service and providing a medication delivery service to the wards. 

Jo Farey, volunteer services co-ordinator at the trust, said: “Volunteers play an important role within our hospital and across the community. 

“We have more than 100 volunteers in a wide range of roles and we’re incredibly proud of all of them for giving up their time to help others. 

“One of the best parts of my job is hearing from our volunteers about the rewarding experiences they’ve had and how by helping others, they have boosted their own confidence, skills and abilities. 

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“To support our volunteers well, the trust needs to have a well-managed volunteer service. The Kitemark Plus award is evidence of our commitment to partnership working with Voluntary Action Rotherham and the wider network of volunteer organisations.

“Thank you to Voluntary Action Rotherham for this award, I am very proud to receive it on behalf of our Volunteer Service.”