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30 May 2017

Teen recommends volunteering for the NHS

As national Volunteers’ Week gets under way on Thursday (1 June) Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) is welcoming new people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with volunteering.

Harry, who is a student at North Kent College in Dartford, is studying level three health and social care, as he works towards his goal of studying Paramedic Science at university.

He has been volunteering at Gravesham Minor Injury Unit ­– run by KCHFT for five months – and in that time he has provided administrative support to staff, including helping visitors and their carers to complete feedback on the service.

Harry said: “I am learning more than I ever thought I would, not least how brilliant individuals come together in difficult situations to show kindness, compassion and exceptional clinical skill as a team.

“I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute I have given to the unit and I would strongly recommend volunteering for the NHS.’’

Volunteers’ Week, which runs until 7 June and KCHFT is taking the opportunity to celebrate the difference its 500+ volunteers make to patients and their families and how their skills and experience help and compliment the work of its staff.

More than 35,000 hours were donated by volunteers in the past year in roles including running hospital shops, offering dining companionship, providing admin assistance and gardening services.

Head of Engagement Karen Edmunds said “Our volunteers make a real difference to our patients’ experience by having the time to listen to patients’ worries, give practical support or even share a joke. Their dedication is appreciated so much by both our staff and the patients and families whose lives they touch.”

If you would like to know more about the benefits of volunteering, the support KCHFT offers their volunteers and how you could get involved, you can here.

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