We chat, have a cup of coffee, just like a visitor. They are caring and sociable people who are able to listen.

Patient, Ward Firth 3

Hospital Volunteers are Hospital Heroes

Hospital volunteers play a significant role within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. They make a real difference to our patients, their families, friends and relatives by improving their experience of hospital.

Just a few of the ways they make hospital life better for patients is by carrying out activities such as assisting patients to eat at mealtimes, keeping patients company when they have no visitors, doing arts and crafts to reduce loneliness and isolation or welcoming people when they arrive at hospital to ease their anxieties. They are real hospital heroes!

Volunteers give their time for free, why do you need my money?

Your donations fund the hardworking and dedicated staff behind Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Voluntary Service to enable them to recruit, train and support volunteers, so that patients and their families have access to these support services.

There are currently 422 active volunteers across the Trust. We need £100,000 each year to ensure that these vital services can continue, but the estimated value of volunteer time each year is £885,352 – we think that’s an investment worth making.

Doing more for patients in hospital

When you donate to our Hospital Volunteer Appeal, not only will you be supporting the staff who manage the army of amazing people who give up their time to give something back,  you will also be funding the many other amazing projects Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Voluntary Service run for patient well-being. This includes;

  • Training Dementia Champions to run activities for patients with dementia
  • Managing the Pets As Therapy project which allows patients to spend time with a specially trained dog
  • Organising the Clothing Project which provides clothing for patients who have no clothes to go home in

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