(Original post by jumpunderaboat)
Thinking of volunteering at a hospital partly for my CV but mainly as it'll fill spare time during the summer. Does anyone know what hospital voluteering actually entails though as I'm quite vague on the whole idea?
I had my first day volunteering at my local Trust today. Basically, I went in for dinner, and from what I gather, that's when most volunteers work because that's when they mainly need people. I got to shadow an absolutely brilliant woman today, she had such a great rapport with the patients and was really really friendly.
So from what I gather, what I'll be doing is going in over say lunch or dinner and helping with getting all their meals out to the right patients, maybe do a little feeding and general tidying. Making tea/toast for patients, getting the phone... that's the sort of thing I did today. There are times you feel like a bit of a spare part but generally there's stuff to be getting stuck into.
You don't have to stay for ages, apparently, the lady I was with was telling me she used to stay for aaaaages, waiting for someone to say you can go now, but now she just says 'is it alright if I take off now' when it looks like most of the work is done.
Just get an interview with the voluntary work coordinator for you local hospital, and he/she'll outline the different opportunities for you. The lady that organised mine was dead helpful, and there's tons of different stuff from work with patients (like what I described) to admin stuff etc. etc.
Anyways, good luck - I hope you find something you enjoy and that's worthwhile. I must say, I got this slight buzz from going in today, and at least I'm doing something useful with my time instead of watching the Simpsons or something.