Date of release: 13 July 2021
Fantastic news for The Royal Wolverhampton’s NHS Trust’s Patient Experience team who have been awarded funding for a 12-month volunteering programme aimed at providing opportunities for young people; offering hands on experience of working in an acute healthcare environment while improving confidence and expanding skillsets.
Thanks to the Pears #iwill Fund – a partnership fund between Pears Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – the Trust can further develop its clinical volunteer programme which was established during the on-set of the pandemic.
Back in March 2020, the programme welcomed over 250 people (from 16 to retirement age) into the workplace, all wanting to do their bit and support the Trust during an extremely pressured time. The volunteers worked across the hospital sites while being offered support and mentoring to help them secure a permanent position, should they wish to pursue a career in healthcare.
With enhanced training, these individuals were able to support clinical / medical staff by making beds, feeding patients and by being a listening ear for patients.
Since the start of this programme, 11 young people have since gained healthcare assistant positions in the Trust (substantive and bank positions) while funding will now support with acquiring a full-time programme coordinator to recruit into 50 placements for people aged 16-21, before March 2022.
Eleanor Morris, Deputy Head of Patient Experience and programme lead, said: “It has long been an aspiration to recruit more young people into volunteering at RWT, however we recognise young people often need enhanced support while volunteering and this funding will help us invest in providing the right level of professional and emotional support.
“Here at the Trust they will gain lots of useful skills and experiences, while a volunteering role can certainly help to increase their sense of wellbeing. In this sense, both the volunteers and the patients are gaining something positive.”
This particular pot of money totals £34,888. This funding will go towards helping people like Eve Adams, a Clinical Volunteer in the Trust.
Eve explained: “The biggest thing I have got out of volunteering is confidence. It has taught me a lot about myself and made me certain that I want a career in the NHS.”
The Trust has already commenced liaison work with local schools and colleges to expand recruitment into the programme.
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