How do volunteers help? In many ways. Firstly, volunteers help with patient care and transport alongside hospital staff. These volunteers are recruited, trained and managed by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust but are still welcome members of Friends of Airedale. A large number of volunteers work in the shops and cafes. A third group are involved in communications, fundraising and administration of the charity
The hospital shop is located in main reception, and sells a variety of goods to patients and visitors. The shop is organised on a roster basis and is open seven days a week.
Outpatients Cafe Shop
The cafe is located in outpatients’ and sells a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and fresh cakes, to patients, staff and visitors. The shop is open five days a week and is operated on a roster by volunteers.
Ward Trolley Service
Provide a range of sweets, drinks and toiletries on the wards. It operates from Monday to Saturday on a rota.
Guides and Information
Guides help to direct patients and visitors to wards, clinics and other departments and provide this service five days a week.
Volunteer drivers provide a valuable service, collecting patients and visitors into the hospital and return trip and providing a service around the hospital. The service also can provide transport to other hospitals in the area. Drivers with a clean driving license is preferred.
Volunteers help to take patients to the services which are held in the hospital chapel on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, or volunteers visit wards on either a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning collecting names of patients who would like to attend the chapel service.
Help is always needed to share in playing the organ for the chapel services.
Flowers for Chapel & Reception
Fresh flower arrangements are provided for both areas on a weekly basis and are funded by the charity.
Children’s Development Care
Volunteers help generally with providing hospitality for families attending with their children.
Breast Feeding Support
New mothers are always grateful for the support of volunteers.
Clothes for Dignity
A team of volunteers provide a vital service in providing outdoor wear to patients who have arrived in hospital with only their night attire so that they can go home in warm clothes. The service has been extended to A&E department where patients have come in through an accident.
Patient Real Time Survey
Volunteers visit wards and use a tablet computer to collect ‘real time’ feedback from patients about their experiences whilst in hospital. The questionnaires are anonymous and do not identify individuals. The information gathered is feed back to the nursing staff and management.
Volunteers help patients who have some difficulty at mealtimes or who may need some encouragement to eat,
The volunteers provide a social event for patients on alternate Saturday mornings in the hospital restaurant, collecting patients from the wards, organising entertainment and providing refreshments. Special events are arranged at particular times of the year such as Easter and Christmas.
Volunteers bring in their trained dogs for therapy for the patients. This is a very specialised area of volunteering.
The volunteers work on the elderly wards, providing informal companionship to patients. It is primarily concerned with providing a sympathetic ear and an opportunity for a friendly chat.
Our busy office handles all charity administration and finance. Our Treasurer and finance staff are all volunteers.
Friends of Airedale maintain social media in the form of Facebook page and Twitter account. We also have online donation pages and the website.
Various fundraising activities are always taking place. If you would like to organise an event let us know