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Volunteers sought for Northumbria hospitals

Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
Volunteers sought for Northumbria hospitals

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for people to come forward to help in its volunteer-run shops and services.

People with a few hours to spare are being sought to volunteer at Blyth, Wansbeck, North Tyneside and The Northumbria hospitals to work in the trust’s Hospital Volunteer Service (HVS) shops, meet and greet service or on the refreshments trolley which goes to the wards.

To find out more about all opportunities and register an interest, people are encouraged to attend one of the open events being held on Monday 7 August 2017 to have a chat with Lynn McCormack, volunteer and charity development manager. These will take place from 10am to 11.30am at North Tyneside General Hospital, North Shields, and 2pm to 3.30pm at Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington – please meet in the main entrances. Alternatively, contact Claire Finn on 0191 203 1511 or email

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

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 patients’ experiences.

Lynn McCormack, volunteer and charity development manager at the trust, said: “Volunteers play a very important role in our trust and we’re really keen to hear from people who have a few hours to spare and are interested in meeting people and helping out their local hospital.”

Northumbria Healthcare has more than 900 volunteers across its sites as part of HVS who carry out a range of roles. These include meeting and greeting patients and visitors at hospital entrances, working in one of the HVS shops, assisting patients at mealtimes and facilitating ward activities.