Celebrating two years of our Youth Volunteering Programme

11 March 2020

Celebrating two years of our Youth Volunteering Programme
We've celebrated a big milestone as our Youth Volunteering Programme has seen a successful two years since its launch.

Since January 2018, we’ve recruited nearly 200 young people who have volunteered for over 5,500 hours while developing new skills and gaining valuable experience while making a difference at our hospitals.

After launching at Hammersmith Hospital in July 2018 as part of the #iwill campaign for youth social action, the programme soon expanded to Charing Cross hospital, with volunteers praising the impact it’s had on their lives.

Tania, a Patient Engagement Volunteer, said: “I remember on my first day I was a bit lost and unconfident.”

“I didn’t really know what to say or how to approach people but after months of volunteering I’ve picked up the confidence and I’m able to have a nice one on one conversation with people.”

Another volunteer, Charlie, spoke about how spending time with patients has benefitted him: “Volunteering has helped me developed a lot as a person. It’s taught me empathy and sympathy and showed me how to work well in a team.”

A six-month term time programme offers flexible volunteering with afternoon and evening shifts while an intensive 30-hour summer programme let participants support our hospitals during the holiday.

A survey of the volunteers found that 91% agreed it helped them feel prepared for future jobs, while 98% of those who took part in the summer programme felt they had made a difference and helped people in the hospital.

Chris Neal, Youth Volunteering Manager at the charity said: “We’re thrilled with the impact young people have made in our hospitals.”

“Not only have they made a huge difference on the wards, but with the skills and experience they’ve gained they’ve put themselves in a great position for the future.”

“We’re looking forward to taking what we’ve learned over the last two years, growing the programme further and getting more young people from our local communities to support our hospitals while they develop their own skills.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in our hospitals, click here.