Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust celebrates Volunteers’ Week
03 June 2019

Volunteers’ Week is a chance for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT to say thank you to 297 volunteers and 29 on the League of Friends who give up their time and make a real difference to patients, visitors and staff.

The Trust is planning a series of events to celebrate the week with information stalls celebrating the work of our volunteers across the hospital and our community sites. Last month the Trust held a thank you party for the volunteers with awards for long serving volunteers as well as a lunch.

At the thank you party Chief Executive Karen James said, “I would like to say thank you all our volunteers for all the work they do around the Trust.  Our volunteers have such a positive impact and I am sure we all agree that volunteers are a vital part of our teams. I know how many hours volunteers commit to the Trust for which we are all forever grateful. I see all the great things volunteers do to support teams, patients and carers.  It is so rewarding when I receive compliments from patients saying how helpful and reassuring a volunteer was.”

Volunteers at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT provide 1,327 hours of support to the Trust every single week.

Voluntary Services Manager, Karen Eato explains the different roles that volunteers do throughout the Trust and the value that they add, “The volunteers work in a variety of areas including wards, A&E, mobility scooters, chaplaincy, pharmacy and many more besides.

“They provide the icing on the cake for the patients and help to enhance the patients experience as they journey through the Trust. It can also help the volunteers by giving them an anchor point in their week that they look forward to and a way of making new friends and learning new skills.”

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Trust you can find out more online at http://www.tamesidehospital.nhs.uk/get-involved/volunteers.htm or by visiting the team:

  • On Tuesday 4 June, 12 – 4pm at Hartshead South entrance to Tameside Hospital
  • On Wednesday 5 June, 12-3.30pm at Dukinfield Medical Practice
  • On Friday 7 June, 9am – 2pm at Ashton-under-Lyne Library