The invaluable role of the activity volunteer was launched in early 2015. The activity volunteers work alongside our staff and enhance our patients experience during their stay in hospital. The activity volunteers not only offer a friendly face for a chat and a cuppa but they utilise the activity boxes located on the wards and provide a variety of patient centred activities including reminiscence, games and hand massage to name a few.
Some of the activities that our activity volunteers undertake with patients can be seen below.
Listening to music, watching films, afternoon tea parties and reminiscence activities.
Bingo, Card games, Table games – Dominos, Chess, Jigsaws, Word and number games.
Use balloons, balls, quoits / hoopla, skittles, seated yoga.
Facilitating a variety of art, craft and creative activities.
The research around the benefits of providing a variety of activities to patients staying in hospital is growing exponentially.
Some of the documented benefits of the provision of activities to patients are:
If you are able to spare a few hours during your week and would like to help us make a real difference to our patients and enhance their experience during their stay in hospital then please contact Christine Beard (Voluntary services manager) firstname.lastname@example.org.