In the second in our Volunteers Week blog series, we’ve travelled to Port Talbot to introduce you to Sheila and Ann. They volunteer at Neath Port Talbot Hospital; you’ll see them in the Royal Voluntary Service shops and on the trolley round.
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“I’ve been volunteering for two years and it’s given me lots of confidence as I get to meet a lot of new people.
“I help people to selects gifts in the shop as well as making sure we have enough stock on the shelves and assisting with paperwork in the office. I also help with the trolley round that visits the wards.
“I volunteer three days a week and like to get out and about to sell drinks and sweets to staff and patients. I really like to talk to patients as they might not have any visitors.
“Volunteering has definitely helped to grow my confidence; I feel needed. There is a social side too; volunteers and staff go out together at Christmas and have a good time. I’d recommend it to others.
“My Service Manager, who runs three shops, says that we are priceless. Volunteering has given me a purpose.”
“I’ve been volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service for 5 years. I work in the shop and run a trolley service around the wards of the hospital. I help customers with presents and sell lottery tickets, drinks and refreshments across three shops in the hospital.
“I was inspired to volunteers when my husband passed away. As a widow, life was lonely. I had previously worked in the public sector and I missed communicating with people. Volunteering has helped me to feel less isolated.
“I volunteer three days a week and take the trolley shop to the wards so that staff and patients can stock up on their favourite drinks and snacks. It’s nice to go to them as many patients don’t have regular visitors. I like working with volunteers from all walks of life and meeting new people.
“Volunteering enriches life and helps others who are less fortunate than me. I hope that when I volunteer, it makes an impression on people and inspires them to volunteer too.”
Royal Voluntary Service has over 440 hospital shops and cafés
all over Great Britain which serve patients, visitors and staff with a smile. Any profit goes back into providing services to older people in the community. Find out more about volunteering or support for older people near you.