Hospitals seek volunteers

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BRIDLINGTON and Scarborough Hospitals are looking for volunteers to help improve the lives of patients staying at the hospital.

They are appealing for people to help with a range of duties, including becoming dining companions, who help patients at mealtimes, and volunteer visitors.

Amy Messenger, volunteer and work experience service manager at the hospital, said: “Volunteering is an excellent opportunity for people to give back to their local hospital and to help make a difference to patients and staff.

“As well as providing valuable support there are also real benefits to the volunteers. It can help individuals increase their self esteem and confidence, give them the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills, and can help them to meet new people and make new friends.”

A volunteer open event is being held at Scarborough Hospital on Thursday August 9 between 10am and 12.30pm, where people can go along and find out more about volunteering at their local hospital. Staff will be available to talk about the roles on offer, how to apply and the benefits of volunteering. Roles are available at both Scarborough and Bridlington.

“The Trust is extremely grateful for all the support we receive from our volunteers and we look forward to welcoming anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering to our event,” continued Amy.

The event is being held in the Discussion Room in the Postgraduate Centre at Scarborough Hospital. Anyone unable to attend can contact Volunteer Services on 01723 385244 for more information.