The contribution of hospital volunteers from across North Wales has been recognised at a special celebratory event.
Volunteers from the award winning Robins volunteering scheme joined Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Chairman, Dr Peter Higson, and Executive Director of Nursing, Angela Hopkins, at the Oriel House Hotel in St Asaph last month.
During the event the Robins and Public members volunteers were congratulated for their longstanding commitment by Dr Higson, who presented them with certificates , celebratory pin badges and gifts for 7 volunteers who have volunteered 10years!
Over 150 Robins regularly volunteer in hospitals across North Wales. The Robins provide company for patients and their relatives. They help out by preparing drinks, offering a reading and writing service, and being a hand to hold during minor eye operations.
Awarded best UK befriending project in 2010 by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, the Robins gift over 30,000 hours to patients in North Wales every year.
Ann Buckland, who has been volunteering at Ysbyty Gwynedd for over 20 years, is one of the many valued members of the Robins team. She said:
“Volunteering is extremely rewarding. I get real satisfaction from knowing that I’ve made a real difference for patients by doing something small.”
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Chairman Peter Higson said:
“It’s important that we recognise and celebrate the contribution the Robins make in North Wales’ hospitals. Their presence can make a real difference to the experience of patients when they are feeling vulnerable and unwell.”
The costs associated with running the scheme, including recruitment, training, volunteer expenses and uniforms are funded through North Wales’ NHS Charity, Awyr Las.
If you would like to learn more about how you can become a Robin, please contact Rhian on 01248 385033