Nursing homes, hospitals and senior centers are always great options for volunteer opportunities because many patients don’t get visitors around the holidays. You can help ease their loneliness by bringing in a deck of cards, serving dinner or simply sitting down for a chat.
12 Days of GOSH Xmas
The hospital, with support from GOSH Children’s Charity, ensures that children coming to hospital during Christmas time have the best possible experience. From 14 to 25 December, we’re shining a light on some of those experiences, including those for children who are sadly too ill to spend Christmas at home. https://www.gosh.org/news/volunteering-christmas
Volunteering on wards
The volunteering opportunities available with us directly support our important charitable work helping sick children and their families at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The roles do not involve patient contact and only very rarely involve visits to wards.
Serve as a support person to the Emergency Room staff, assisting in any way the nurses, doctors and ancillary staff deem necessary. Must be 21 years old.
Provide hospitality and supportive services for family members and staff in new educational, fitness and resource area.
Provide a service of convenience to employees, patients and visitors. Volunteer clerk assists Gift Shop staff with daily routine, while representing the hospital in a positive way.
Assist Information Desk staff in their role of delivery of telephone messages, directing families, and with other miscellaneous tasks.
Assist with wagon/wheelchair collection and cleaning and patient discharges.
Provide support to staff and diversional activities to patients.
Patient Care Units
Provide support to unit staff, patients and families through activities such as interactive play, reading, crafts, etc.
Toy Washing and Playroom Maintenance
Maintain guidelines and policies for the playroom contents and play equipment, and keep the area clean, organized and safe for patients and families.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities Information
For more information, contact Family and Volunteer Services at (614) 722-3635 or e-mail Volunteering@NationwideChildrens.org.
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If you are unable to commit to volunteering formally this Christmas there are still lots of ways to help your neighbours who may be older and alone. For instance you could:
- Invite them to spend a few hours with you and your family over the Christmas period, or pop in to see them for a cup of tea and a mince pie
- Find out if there are any events for older people happening locally i.e. a festive community lunch club and encourage an older neighbour to go. You could also offer to go with them or help them to get there. Some events taking place on Christmas Day for older people are listed on http://www.communitychristmas.org.uk
- Make a short phone call to an older neighbour or relative on Christmas Day just to ask how they are and spread some cheer
- Make someone a Christmas dinner in their home, or take them some festive food
- Decorate someone’s house with Christmas decorations or fill their fridge with Christmas treats
- Check in on an older neighbour to ensure they have the essentials (milk, bread etc.) needed to keep them going until the shops reopen
- Royal Voluntary Service will continue to support older people in your community and if you wish to make a donation to support our work. All donations gratefully received.