Volunteering vital in supporting the NHS

The challenges faced by the NHS, especially as we move into winter are well known, with the number of people waiting for hospital appointments rising and A&E units reaching capacity. Those volunteering and supporting the NHS have emerged as unsung heroes, bolstering our public health system.

Voluntary Norfolk’s volunteers provide invaluable support to overburdened healthcare professionals. They assist with non-clinical tasks, such as administrative duties, transportation, and patient companionship across Norfolk and Waveney. This assistance enables medical staff to focus their expertise on patient care, ultimately improving healthcare outcomes.

For over 50 years Voluntary Norfolk has shown an ability to adapt quickly in a changing world. In just the last few years, as an organisation, they have reacted innovatively to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis and most recently the challenges faced by the NHS.

Norfolk and Waveney Community Support Service

They are now looking for more volunteers to support the NHS as part of an innovative new project, called the Norfolk and Waveney Community Support Service, working alongside the British Red Cross and Age UK Norfolk. It is hoped that volunteers from the Community Support Service will help people as they leave hospital with basic household tasks. This should help ease the burden on frontline NHS services as we enter the busy winter months. at the same time it should strengthen a sense of community across Norfolk and Waveney, by getting people to look out for their neighbours.

We know how volunteering fosters a sense of community and solidarity, strengthening the fabric of society. Volunteers connect with patients, offering a comforting presence and a listening ear. This can be just as vital to healing as medical treatment. Their contributions help ease the emotional burdens of patients. They also also help combat the loneliness and isolation that can accompany illness. In this way, volunteering strengthens communities.

As the NHS continues to navigate challenging times, volunteers stand as a beacon of hope. They embody a spirit of unity and service. Their selfless dedication demonstrates the power of collective action. This serves to remind us that by acting together, we can overcome even the most formidable challenges. Join us in recognizing the vital importance of volunteering in supporting the NHS. By volunteering you can help build a healthier, more resilient future for our communities. Please sign up with the Community Support Service today and find out how you can better look out for your neighbours.

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