On Friday 5 July, the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) celebrated the graduation of its first student volunteers to take part in a new Youth Volunteering Programme.
The L&D Volunteer team has been working in collaboration with three local schools over the past five months, offering the new student volunteering programme which provides an opportunity for young people aged 17 or over to volunteer on busy wards at mealtimes to help support our patients and staff.
A total of 14 students took part and all received a certificate to mark the end of their placement as a token of the Trust’s appreciation for the time and value the students have provided to our patients.
Feedback has been positive on both sides – the opportunity has allowed the students to grow and gain more confidence, resulting in one student going on to secure employment at the Trust, and two others continuing their volunteering roles.
Mhairi Emery, Volunteer Coordinator said: “We are really proud of our first L&D Youth Volunteering Programme graduates. They have been amazing, supporting the patients and staff around the hospital and today we wanted to say thank you.”
She continued: “We hope to continue with the programme and expand the number of schools involved so that a greater number of students will be able to benefit from this opportunity.”
The students were presented with their certificates by Ward Manager Julie Piley.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.