Volunteers on the hospital ward play a simple but important role, offering patients a friendly ear and assisting to make their time in hospital as comfortable as possible.
“It’s a very rewarding thing to do”, says Sharon Phillips, coordinator of the Blue Mountains Hospital Volunteers.
“For a couple of hours each month you can leave your own worries behind to help brighten up someone else’s day.”
“It appeals to your human nature to listen and give to others, and you can learn a lot about people too,” says Sharon, who has been volunteering at the hospital for over twenty years.
“People relax with us and often share how our presence has been appreciated. It’s a small and friendly hospital, I can come here when it suits me, and the social interaction with the other volunteers is wonderful as well.”
https://www.nsw.gov.au/health/nbmlhd/news/stories/a-rewarding-contribution-volunteering-at-blue-mountains-hospital A rewarding contribution: volunteering at Blue Mountains Hospital