The volunteer team serve in a number of capacities providing services to patients, visitors and staff, and together give over 1000 hours of their time every week. Many of them have been supporting the Trust for several years.
This year the new pharmacy running role was introduced and is already making a significant impact. Volunteers from the Trust’s medical museum received a special thank you for their contribution to the hospital’s 180th anniversary celebrations, which included the development of the 180 anniversary exhibition wall, telling the story of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and a special film which will be shown at events throughout the year.
Other areas where the RBH volunteers support the hospital include managing and presenting on Hospital Radio Reading, helping on the wards, welcoming and assisting visitors, providing directions, driving our buggy service, acting as patients on our nurse training courses, carrying out surveys with our patients, helping to design and improve patient services as part of the patient leader team, supporting our Chaplaincy, supporting our community audiology service and helping the League of Friends (LoF) in their café and maternity shop as well as the trolley service. In addition, volunteers support the Royal Berks Charity and our staff and patients in the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
Steve McManus said “As always, it’s a real honour to help serve dinner at the annual volunteer’s supper. Our volunteers are an integral part of the staff community and play such vital and important roles in daily life across the Trust, both individually and collectively. More importantly, they continue to give one of the most precious gifts in this hectic world, their time and we greatly value the skills and knowledge they bring to their roles in the hospital.”
Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers said “This is my third volunteers’ supper since joining the Trust and I feel incredibly fortunate to do a job where I have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people. We work together like one big family, helping each other and patients, visitors and staff across the whole Trust.
“We are always looking to welcome new people to the team. Please do get in touch if you are interested in helping support the amazing work of the Trust.”