“We are looking for some great volunteers from Tokoroa and its surrounding communities to support patients and make their stay in hospital a more comfortable experience.”
That’s how Waikato DHB volunteer advisor Chris Atkinson sums up the job description for a brand new volunteer programme at Tokoroa Hospital.
Chris says they are looking to recruit four to six people initially to begin in the role which involves a range of tasks from chatting with patients, providing a listening ear or helping with meals and drinks.
She adds that there is no overlap with duties done by paid staff, like toileting and moving patients – “We are looking for people who relate warmly to others but not in an intrusive way, people who are flexible and willing to give a hand but understand the rules and routines of a hospital.”
Chris says volunteers come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of skills and experience. All volunteers will be Police checked and go through a proper induction and orientation to the hospital and their new role.
“This is a very satisfying role for anyone who enjoys working with and supporting people at a time when they can feel lonely, anxious and worried. Our hospital staff are looking forward to having an extra pair of hands on the ward to assist where necessary and bring an additional dimension to the care and comfort of our patients.”
Interested? The first step is to make contact with Jacquie Legros on 07 839 8899 ext 22181 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org