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24 June 2013 at 16:02
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Royal Voluntary Services are working in partnership to develop a service at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals aimed at improving the well-being of older patients during their stay.

This integrated approach between health and social care will focus on the needs of older patients with long-term conditions including dementia.

To provide this service, we are looking for volunteers who will be part of the on-ward team complimenting patient care at the hospital.

The help and support provided by volunteers will include befriending, diversion therapy, companionship, reading and techniques to stimulate the patient’s appetite, and improve social activity.

Liz Yates, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “We are thrilled the Royal Voluntary Service has chosen to support patients in this way and I know there will be many local people who want to get involved. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of people in need while enjoying the personal satisfaction and reward volunteering can bring.”

Volunteers will be needed over a seven day period between 10am and 9pm, and are asked to give a minimum of two hours on the day they attend.

Everyone will receive full NHS mandatory training alongside specific dementia training and successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Erika O’Shea on 01704 705 156, or visit

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,378 staff.

2. The Royal Voluntary Services is an age positive charity. Our volunteers deliver personal and practical support to help older people and we raise awareness of the issues older people face through our campaigns and research. Please see our website for further details:

3. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks. Checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge.