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Najm has volunteered at St Wilfrid’s Hospice on the In patient unit throughout the whole pandemic and still comes in regularly which he balances around college. Always ready to lend a hand, Najm is an important member of the team and everyone looks forward to seeing him for his shift.
What did your volunteer do?
Three volunteers who were coming to the end of their six-month volunteer placement at the hospice when the pandemic struck decided they wanted to stay on to help, Ori (19), Will (19) and Najm (17). A fourth from a previous placement Will (20) joined when he returned home from university.
The YCVs provided vital support to patients on the Inpatient unit. They stocked cupboards with supplies and PPE, cleaned equipment in clinical areas, provided personal care and helped with mobility for patients. Most importantly, they were able to sit and spend time with patients.
How did your volunteer make a difference?
The Inpatient Unit teams were pushed to the limit and the YCVs were able to ease the pressure by picking up clinical support tasks and tending to patient’s needs.
Head of Inpatient Care, Ruth Bacon said:
“Patients have identified on a regular basis the impact of loneliness as they were receiving a reduced number of visitors due to restrictions, being able to talk to a younger team member had a very positive outcome. They also played a big part in keeping the clinical team cheerful!”