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Volunteer Anita Arrowsmith shares how much she enjoys her role supporting staff and patients

Tuesday, 10 May, 2022
Volunteer Anita Arrowsmith shares how much she enjoys her role supporting staff and patients

I’ve been volunteering for just under two-and-a-half years now and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

I thoroughly enjoy working here and the staff and colleagues I work with couldn’t be better, I wouldn’t be anywhere else.

I started volunteering because I had recently retired and wasn’t enjoying it. A neighbour mentioned there were openings at the hospital to volunteer and I haven’t looked back.

I have absolutely found that it has improved my health and wellbeing as it has given me a purpose and a focus. I’m not as lonely as I’m always meeting people and I love chatting to people. It’s also a really lovely environment to be in.

I have met new friends through volunteering and luckily I was able to volunteer most of the way through the Covid-19 lockdowns. In the two weeks where all volunteers were stood down, I missed it a lot as I missed the social contact.

I would really recommend to others and my friends and relatives that they consider volunteering because it gives you a real sense of purpose and being part of the Northumbria family of volunteers means a terrific amount to me as you have the support of a great team behind you – the manager and other people are lovely.

My life wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have this and I would volunteer every day if I could, there’s never a day when I don’t want to come in.

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