The invaluable role of the activity volunteer was launched in early 2015 and we currently have 12 working across Ewhurst Ward and the Older Persons Unit (Eashing and Hindhead ward). They work alongside our staff and enhance the patients experience during their stay in hospital by undertaking a variety of activities.

Some of the activities that our activity volunteers undertake with patients are:-

·         A friendly face to have a chat with

·         Social activities

– Music, films, afternoon tea

·         Facilitating art, craft and creative activities

·         Exercise and physical activity

– Use balloons, balls
-Quoits / hoopla
– Skittles
-Seated yoga (The physiotherapist undertakes this)

·         Musical activities

-Listening to music
-Singing, humming clapping etc
-Hand massage
-Utilising a variety of items including photos and reminiscence cards to talk about past experiences.

·         Cognitive activities

-Card games
-Table games – Dominos, Chess, Jigsaws
-Word and number games
-Discussions – Utilise what is happening currently to discuss topics for example Wimbledon


Benefits of undertaking 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:


  • Muscle strength and joint mobility increase
  • Appetite increases
  • The immune system becomes more efficient
  • Sleep pattern and quality improves
  • Bowel function and urinary incontinence improves
  • Reduction in accidental falls
  • Improvements to mobility, balance, posture and coordination are likely
  • Skin less likely to break down and the risk of pressure sores decreases
  • Respiratory disorders decrease as blood circulation improves and stimulates more efficient breathing
  • Blood pressure and the potential for thrombosis and embolism diminishes
  • Improvements in general fitness levels


  • Forming of new friendships and often enables the individual to find it easier to initiate and engage socially
  • People become more empowered as sense of wellbeing and their self-esteem increase
  • Reduces the individuals boredom and isolation


  • Smiling, laughing, increase in talking
  • Improved sense of wellbeing including the person’s perception of their health and their self-esteem
  • Agitation diminishes and relaxation increases
  • Concentration and memory may improve

Patient Activity Boxes

In May 2015, 25 activity boxes were distributed to a variety of departments and all of the wards in the hospital. The activity boxes contain a variety of activities that can be used with patients during their stay in hospital. The research around the provision of activities is very positive and suggests that it can significantly improve an individual’s physical, social and psychological / emotional  state.

 Interested in joining our Activity Volunteer Team?

If you are able to spare some time during the week and would be interested in enhancing a patients experience during their stay in hospital please contact Chrissie Beard (Volunteer manager) for more information on (01483) 571122 ext

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