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Find out more about volunteering at Northumbria

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016
Find out more about volunteering at Northumbria

People in Northumberland and North Tyneside with a few hours to spare are being encouraged to find out more about volunteering in their local hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit volunteers for its shops and meet and greet service at Blyth Community Hospital, Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals and The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

The trust is holding an open event at 10am on Wednesday 30 November at The Northumbria hospital for people to learn more and have a chat with Lynn McCormack, volunteer and charity development officer at the trust. People should meet in the main entrance.

Shop volunteers would be required to carry out general shop tasks such as serving tea, coffee and snacks, operating the till, dealing with customers and replenishing stock. Hours will be to suit and full training will be given.

Lynn said: “We’d encourage anyone who’s interested in helping out at their local hospital to pop along and have a cuppa and an informal chat about the volunteering opportunities we have available.”

Money raised in the shop will goes towards improving the hospital environment, buying specialist equipment and providing the little extras which make a real difference to the patients’ experiences.

Northumbria Healthcare has more than 800 volunteers across its sites as part of its Hospital Volunteer Service (HVS) who carry out a range of roles. These include working in one of the HVS shops, meeting and greeting patients and visitors at hospital entrances, assisting patients at mealtimes and facilitating ward activities.

If you are interested in volunteering however are unable to attend the open event, or would like to find out more, contact Claire Widdows on 0191 203 1511 or email