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.