Volunteer Ellen Ward

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 18 years old and am from Dromore in County Tyrone. I am currently doing a-levels in Loreto Grammar Omagh and am studying Biology, English Literature, Home Economics and Health and Social Care. I aspire to be a midwife and have been offered a conditional place to do midwifery in Liverpool John Moores University where I hope to attend next year.

Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer within the Maternity Ward in South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer? 
I decided to become a volunteer to gain better insight into the role of a midwife; this helped me to be sure in my career choice and helped greatly in writing my personal statement for my UCAS University application. I also felt it would be a great opportunity to develop skills I would need later after qualifying as a midwife such as bed-side manner and an understanding of the ward’s procedures.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering? 
I enjoy volunteering because it allows me an opportunity to observe how the ward functions and by helping out with tasks like bathing babies I become proactive within the ward which gives me a sense of satisfaction. It is interesting and exciting volunteering on the maternity ward as all the staff are keen to share their knowledge and to allow me observe as much as possible. I was given the opportunity to view a delivery which was an amazing experience, without this volunteering opportunity I would be starting a course in Midwifery with very little knowledge of the career.

Would you encourage others to volunteer with the Western Trust? 
Definitely.  It only takes up a few hours of your week and it is a great learning opportunity for those wishing to enter a career within the healthcare service. It is fulfilling and interesting and is excellent at developing communication skills as well as many others.