Volunteers provide an important service at Palmerston North Hospital, by providing important support services for patients. The team is now in need of more people to join them.
Some of the services that volunteers provide are taking trolleys up to the wards for patients, which contain food such as fruit, fresh muffins, drinks, and toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and peppermints for patients to buy. They also provide magazines to patients who are looking for something to read during their stay in the hospital, at no charge. Volunteers can also help with light gardening and in keeping the “Garden of Tranquility” well presented.
The current team of volunteers, some of whom have been doing this for 30 years, all enjoy the opportunity to do something that is valued by people who are unwell. Lesley England who organises the service, said that volunteering can be a very rewarding experience, and she would like to have more people join the team. It is preferred that volunteers are able to give at least two hours a month, as the service runs from 9am-11am Monday to Friday.
Volunteers need to be able to walk for a distance, have a cheerful attitude, be good communicators and most of all smile, and be willing to help.
If you think this is something you would be interested in and would like more information please contact Abi at Action Personnel on (06) 355 4354.
If you don’t have the time to volunteer but would like to donate current magazines, feel free to drop them off at reception at the front entrance of the hospital.