Directors Switch Roles for Volunteers' Week

08/06/2011

Directors Switch Roles for Volunteers' Week

Patients have been getting hands on help from senior healthcare managers at Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) hospitals. A number of directors took time to volunteer as mealtime friends and general ward helpers at Altnagelvin, Tyrone County and Erne hospitals to mark national Volunteers’ Week, 1 to 7 June.

 

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.  The Trust has over 150 individual volunteers, as well as dedicated groups and schools that take time to volunteer and make a positive contribution to the lives of patients in the Western Trust area.

 

Amongst those volunteering were Lesley Mitchell Director of Finance, Nuala Sheerin Director of Human Resources, Trevor Millar Director of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services, Geraldine Hillick Director of Acute Services, Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executives and Lead Nurse, Rea Doherty. The senior managers assisted by serving meals, helping patients and carrying out general ward duties such as restocking cabinets and stores with supplies.  Volunteers Week Altnagelvin Hospital

 

Volunteer Manager for the Western Trust, Anne Love, said, “Volunteers’ Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of our volunteers who regularly help at the various hospitals and community based sites, while inspiring others to get involved too.

 

“We have a combination of individual volunteers and groups that assist Trust staff on a daily basis undertaking various roles.  Quite a number of our volunteers are young adults in education looking to get an insight into the various healthcare professions.  We also have many other volunteers who dedicate a few hours per week to helping out.”

 

Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive, who helped out during Volunteers Week, added, “The Trust places great value on the contribution made by volunteers. When you consider the range of work done by over 150 dedicated people who give up their time to complement the role of paid staff and enhance the patient experience, you cannot help but admire their commitment.  The Trust is indebted to our volunteers, who provide this vital support and I would like to publicly thank them all for their dedication and commitment.”

 

If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact Anne Love, Volunteer Manager or Wendy Doherty, Admin Support on  028 71 611155