The East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity is recruiting more young people to volunteer in its hospitals, including Mount Vernon in Northwood.
The charity has received funding from the Volunteering Futures Fund to help more young people access volunteering opportunities, particularly those experiencing loneliness, with disabilities and from an ethnic minority background.
The intention is for the newly launched project to help those who wouldn’t usually consider volunteering as an option sign up.
Claire Lyon, Voluntary Services Manager at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “Volunteering is such a valuable experience. It gives people opportunities to learn new skills, to meet new people and to feel part of their community.
“Young people often think volunteering isn’t for them, but we want to encourage them to join our team. They bring a fresh perspective and energy which we value and welcome.”
Harriet Smith, aged 18, is already a volunteer with an East Herts hospital. She said: “Volunteering has helped improve my people skills and enabled me to help people who are in need. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about it, to sign up.
“You can volunteer with the Butterfly Volunteer Service like I do or with the Response volunteers who help with a range of tasks across the hospitals. There is something for everyone. Come on, join our team!”
To apply to be a volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, put ‘Young volunteer’ in the subject and they will respond.