Why I volunteer at LOROS
4th January 2019
Alice Jenkyn, 18, from Quorn, started volunteering when her uncle was a patient on the ward.
“Visiting my uncle at LOROS made me want to go into nursing and I thought volunteering as a ward companion would give me a really good understanding of the environment I’d be in as a nurse.
“I’m studying at Loughborough College on a health and social care course. I have to do 120 hours on a placement as part of my course, so I’ve chosen to do that here so I can help out as much as possible. I’ll continue to volunteer even after my placement ends though. I want to go on to do an apprenticeship in nursing, which will help me become a qualified nurse.
“I really enjoy volunteering here as a ward companion. It sounds weird to say it but I really do. Everyone is so friendly - all the nurses are really nice. All the patients want to have a chat with you and they mostly have a smile on their faces so it’s lovely.
“I would definitely recommend volunteering here. It’s rewarding, very rewarding.
“My role involves supporting the patients and their families. I walk around the ward, see if anyone needs a chat, wants to talk or needs a bit of a break."
Although Alice finds it quite emotional she always feels like she’s achieved something. “I do get a little upset sometimes however I always feel like I’ve done something good. My volunteer manager at LOROS is very supportive and encourages me to talk about how I feel too.
“I really feel like I have an impact on patients. The nurses are busy and whilst they always stop to talk to patients, I can give them lots of time, so they don’t feel like they are bothering the nurses.
“I find the patients are really open and want to have a chat with you, which feels nice as you know you’re not interrupting them. It is a responsible role – to start with I was really nervous and I shadowed others to see how they did it. But the more I did, the more confident I became. And I learnt when not to say anything too. Silence is not bad. You don’t always have to have a conversation. Sometimes sitting there with them is all they need.”
Do you fancy volunteering at LOROS? We are holding a Volunteers Fair on Saturday 26th January, 2-4pm. For more information visit loros.co.uk/volunteer