10 things you need to know about volunteering

Posted on Wed, 29/06/2016

Volunteer greeting visitor

Our amazing team of volunteers plays a pivotal role in enhancing the experience of patients and visitors to QE Gateshead and we greatly appreciate the enormous contribution they make.

Here are ten things you need to know about volunteering: 

#1 Volunteering can be good for your health! Volunteering is associated with increased life satisfaction, lower levels of depression and improved health.

#2 It’s rewarding in other ways – it’s a great way to give back to your local NHS and support your local community.  Around 60 per cent of Britons believe that volunteers play a vital role in the NHS, according to research.

#3 Our volunteers are an invaluable resource – they support our staff as well as making hospital visits much more comfortable for patients and visitors.

#4 Our volunteers are from all walks of life. Whether you're retired, looking for a career change or want to enhance your skills, there'll be a volunteering role to suit you.

#5 It’s a great addition to your CV if you’re starting out in your career. Volunteering is a great way to get work experience. Chloe is one of our volunteers and wants to train to be a nurse.

#6 We have flexible volunteering opportunities. It all depends on your skills, interests and how much time you are able to give.

#7 Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to make new friends and work as part of a team. Many of our volunteers feel a sense of belonging and of being valued.

#8 We have a wide variety of roles available. These range from direct patient support to helping out behind the scenes in admin or the library.  

#9 Interested in volunteering at the QE? It's a simple, straightforward process. 

#10 Around three million people volunteer for health organisations in England – the same number as the combined NHS and social care workforce! Join them today.

To find out more go to www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/volunteering

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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