Event is being held to attract more hospital volunteers

Julie Button, modern matron for Alnwick Infirmary.
Julie Button, modern matron for Alnwick Infirmary.

People are being invited to a drop-in event to find out more about how they can help brighten up patients’ stays in community hospitals in Northumberland.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit volunteers to improve patients’ experiences and is holding a session at Morpeth NHS Centre on Monday from 2pm to 4pm for people to learn more.

The Trust is aiming to take on people who regularly have a few hours spare to spend time with patients on wards at Alnwick Infirmary, Berwick Infirmary, Blyth Community Hospital and the Whalton Unit in Morpeth.

The volunteers would facilitate activities with patients, such as playing cards and other games, reading books and newspapers and reminiscing.

At the drop-in event, which takes place in Room 4 on the first floor, people will be able to chat to the hospitals’ matrons to find out more about the role and how it benefits patients.

Full training will be given and hours will be flexible. For more information, or if you are interested in the roles but are unable to attend the event, ring 0191 2031511. Recruits would become part of the Trust’s Hospital Volunteer Service, which has around 850 volunteers across its sites.

Julie Button, modern matron for Alnwick Infirmary, said: “We’re looking for people who are willing to help our patients and ideally have experience of engaging with older people.”