Day in the life of our volunteers

To find out what a day in the life of a volunteer is really like we spoke to Nicholas Cavey, volunteer at Arundel and District Community Hospital and Jo Lally, volunteer for our community neurological rehabilitation team, Brighton & Hove.

Nicholas volunteers at our Arundel and District Community Hospital, which provides a number of inpatient care beds to get people back home after a period of illness or injury.

“In the morning I will meet with the ward sister to discuss duties for my two-hour shift and who I might be working with. The sister usually has something specific for me to do. I enjoy the variety of work, getting to know staff and the people being cared for. “I clean down tables in the wards, side rooms and dining room; and specialist equipment such as hoists. I enjoy speaking with people who are cared for at the hospital – I take their menu orders and help them fill in questionnaires so the trust can continually improve. I know from the patient’s responses to questionnaires they appreciate the work we do.”

Volunteer - Nicholas Cavey

Jo (left) volunteers at our community neurological rehabilitation team, Brighton & Hove. The service provides care and rehabilitation for people aged 16 and over who have specific long term neurological conditions/brain injury.

“My duties are to offer support and encouragement to people, and help with their reading, to work together to overcome any difficulties with pauses and pronunciation. “I have worked very closely with a person with acquired dyslexia and aphasia following a stroke. We use a shared reading approach, often using articles from Stroke News or websites. I will start reading and then let them take over. “After a session I will liaise with the therapist and discuss progress and general observations. I will also document a summary of the session, what was read and any comments. “What I really enjoy is getting to know the person as an individual, to hear about their experience from their point of view. And although I only read with them, it has a huge impact on improving their confidence. “My aspiration is to apply to study as a speech and language therapist at postgraduate level. I want to gain more experience working with adults – all my previous experience is with children with special needs. “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and made my volunteering experience both enjoyable and memorable, which is helping me to move to the next chapter of my career.

Volunteer - Jo Lally