Volunteering opportunities at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Volunteering opportunities at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Tuesday 11 January 2022

News article from the Hexham Courant. Story by Georgia Langdon


PEOPLE in Northumberland are being encouraged to find out more about volunteering at the area’s hospitals.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit more volunteers for its shops, meet and greet service and as befrienders at Wansbeck in Ashington, the Northumbria in Cramlington and North Tyneside General Hospital.

The trust is holding an open day from 10am to 3pm on Friday, January 14 at The Beacon Centre, Bedford Street, North Shields for people to learn more and have a chat with the volunteering team.

Lynn McCormack, Northumbria Healthcare’s operation service manager for volunteers, said: “We’d encourage anyone who’s interested in helping out at their local hospital to pop along and have an informal chat about the volunteering opportunities we have available.”

Shop volunteers would be required to carry out 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.

Money raised in the shop goes towards improving the hospital environment, buying specialist equipment and providing the extras which make a difference to the experience of patients.

Northumbria Healthcare has more than 300 volunteers across its sites as part of its Hospital Volunteer Service (NVS), who carry out a range of roles, including assisting patients at mealtimes and facilitating ward activities.

If you are interested in volunteering but are unable to attend the open day or would like to find out more, contact the volunteer team on 0191 203 1511 or email volunteers@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk