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Volunteering a rewarding experience for Gleniss

21 May 2018 Blog
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As we celebrate the generous contribution of our volunteers for National Volunteer Week, one of our volunteers, Gleniss McNabb, explains why she enjoys volunteering at our hospital.

I worked on the very first volunteer shift at the hospital back in January 2016 and I knew instantly that it was something I would enjoy doing.

Since that very first shift, I have felt that I have belonged at the hospital and have really enjoyed helping patients and visitors.

I meet and greet patients in the main public foyer and assist them with their queries.

I also escort them to their appointments and assist them with accessing wheel chairs, if needed.

I really enjoy interacting with members of the public and hearing their stories.

I took up volunteering after seeing an advertisement in the local newspaper prior to the hospital opening.

A few years prior I had retired from being an office manager and liked the idea of volunteering at a hospital.

I enjoy interacting with people at the hospital, as you don’t socialise with many people from home once you retire.

I also enjoy working with other volunteers and have made some lovely friends.

The caregivers are always very helpful and make us feel part of the team. There is a lovely atmosphere at the hospital, everyone is very friendly.

Usually I undertake two four-hour shifts each week.

Initially I was given the choice of selecting what volunteer role I would like to undertake at the hospital, and I chose the meet and greet role, which perfectly suits me.

It is very satisfying knowing I am helping others and making them feel more comfortable.

Gleniss McNabb has been volunteering at St John of God Midland Public Hospital since January 2016. The hospital has about 80 volunteers working across a variety of roles, from greeting and escorting patients and visitors to providing companionship and support.