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National Volunteers Week Day One: Kiranjit Singh

National Volunteers Week Day One: Kiranjit Singh

Date of release: 2 June 2020

As part of National Volunteers Week, we’re focusing on our volunteers this week with a series of daily videos highlighting the important work they do.

Kiranjit Singh, a software consultant from Wednesfield, has been volunteering every weekend at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital since the COVID-19 outbreak. The 43-year-old father of three has thrown himself into helping others, arranging to tidy the garden at West Park and has arranged for Netflix to be available for one patient, as well as the more routine duties volunteers carry out, such as making beds, serving drinks, feeding and chatting to patients.

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“Initially I didn’t know you could be a volunteer for the NHS before I got the opportunity,” said Kiranjit. “The coronavirus triggered it all off - watching the news and seeing the NHS look after all these patients. I just felt the need to apply and luckily I got in.

“I’m currently based at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital and I’m really grateful to be there because there are a lot of elderly people and it gives me a lot of satisfaction to help them. They’re vulnerable and it’s nice to talk to them. We make the beds and help feed those who can’t feed themselves and push them in their wheelchairs round the garden there. One patient was struggling to feed herself and so I helped her and she told me she felt frightened so I tried to reassure her and told her she was in the best place. I helped one patient set up Netflix on their TV because they were struggling to access it - now she can watch all of The Crown!

“It’s been a really good experience for me. The staff are fantastic - they’re very helpful and you can see they’re on their feet all day long. We’re all getting older and it just feels nice for me to help people who we can. I would like to carry on if I can, fitting it around work and family commitments. So if you’re one of those who feels you can help out, it’s definitely worth doing; it’s a really good thing to do.”

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