Make brightening a patient’s day your new year’s resolution

Our doctors and nurses provide amazing care for elderly patients, but we need volunteers to help brighten their day whilst in hospital.

No-one wants to be in hospital, but elderly patients in particular can be in for a long time and the days can drag. Often frail or confused, a visitor or activity can brighten a patient’s day and really improve their state of mind and general well-being.

“Volunteers on our elderly care wards really make a huge difference both to patients and staff. By sharing afternoon tea, playing a game, talking about the past or helping the team that bring round pat dogs or beauticians, a cheerful volunteer can raise a smile and make the day go a little faster,” said Sheena Lim, dementia nurse.


One volunteer, Anne, said, “It’s lovely to be part of the team – I arranged afternoon tea with some of the patients this week, and I had a really lovely time talking to them about their lives and memories. It cheered me up as much as it did them!”

Janis Hall, voluntary services manager, said, “There’s a lot in the news at the moment about dementia and care of the elderly and – whilst our staff do a wonderful job in caring for their patients – we need more volunteers to join the team to help brighten up long days. A couple of hours a week is easy to give and makes such an enormous difference to patients. We’re looking for friendly people who enjoy a chat and want to join a team who do something very special.”

Full training is given and we will cover travel expenses. To find out more about getting involved, contact Janis on 01438 284715 or email