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Spare time? Spare some time

 Published on: 15th June 2015   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) is recruiting more volunteers to join its busy team at the specialist centre in Northwood. An open day is being held on Wednesday July 1 when people can come along to find out more about the opportunities that exist to support the excellent care offered at the centre. “The Cancer Centre thrives on the contribution of our volunteers who are able to support patients and visitors with time, care and sensitivity,” said MVCC Community Engagement Lead, Ginnie Abubakar. “Undergoing treatment for cancer is a stressful and anxious time and we are extremely grateful to the team of volunteers who help our patients, going that extra mile to put them at their ease, whether it’s with a smile, a cup of tea or helpful information. “We’re particularly keen to strengthen our volunteer teams who meet and greet patients on arrival at the Cancer Centre, as well as the ‘outreach’ team that visits the wards and waiting areas to ensure visitors have all the information they require. “We’re looking for volunteer drivers, help with administrative tasks and a whole range of other jobs and have an active training programme to help our volunteers become familiar with the site and their roles.” Just under 300 people already give time on a regular basis to fulfil a wide range of roles. Lizzie volunteers each week, showing new patients round the site so that they are familiar with it before they start their treatment. “It is a privilege to be able to do this,” she says. “I know I am in the right job and I’ve learnt so much from everyone here too.” Clive has been working as a patient support volunteer for more than two years. He said, “The little things that you do can make an enormous difference. Just saying a friendly ‘hello’ as someone walks through the door for their first appointment can help reduce their anxiety.”

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