‘With over 100 different volunteering roles in the hospital our huge team of 1,100 volunteers collectively provide more than 3,500 hours of their time every week.’
– Jamie Wilcox, head of Volunteer Services.
According to Volunteers Week, in 2019/20, there were around 163,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, most of which rely on volunteers. Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to recognise and thank volunteers for the contribution they make to our communities.
One place where volunteering is integral to the running of services is Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), in particular the Children’s Charity. The volunteers work by the side of the hospital staff to help provide care and comfort to the patients, to ensure good quality of life for patients during their stay at the hospital. GOSH were looking for items and gifts to include in goody bags for their 60 volunteers. Here at EverythingCommunity we were more than happy to help celebrate Volunteers’ Week by getting involved.
EverythingBranded Donates Goody Bags to GOSH.
Instead of donating items or gifts, we supplied GOSH with 100 branded tote bags for them to use as goody bags themselves. Filled with donated treats and self-care items, they were a symbol of the gratitude from Volunteer coordinators Jamie Wilcox and Rose Skinner for all the good work the volunteers have done. The volunteers were pleasantly surprised and grateful for the recognition.
‘We are so grateful for your generosity and support, which has really helped volunteers feel valued and loved. Great Ormond Street Hospital relies on the commitment and dedication of its huge volunteer team, not expecting anything in return, but when they get special thanks like this, it means so much to them, knowing that we love them for all they do.’
– Jamie Wilcox
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Volunteers
The Volunteer Services team not only recruits, trains and prepares volunteers for their roles, they also monitor and evaluate the work of volunteers and measure the impact of the services, including what difference volunteers make to the lives of individual patients and families.
GOSH Volunteers aim to raise awareness of hospital volunteering within the community, to give local people an opportunity to become actively involved in their local hospital and support its specialist features.
They have a wide variety of available roles, ranging from direct patient and parent support to helping in administration, and support services. If volunteering at GOSH interests you, then please read more here.