South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is launching a new volunteer programme. The Home Support Volunteers scheme will see volunteer’s link with the trust’s Children’s Community Nursing Team, providing much needed support for local families in their own homes. The programme is set to launch on 6 January with a series of open days across Warwickshire.

Volunteers already play a vital role within the Trust’s hospitals, but this new initiative of “Home Support Volunteers” expands this service into the community for the first time. The Children’s Community Nursing team work with families across the whole of Warwickshire and want to introduce more volunteer roles to help families who need additional support.

David Widdas MBE, Consultant Nurse within the Children’s Community Nursing team explains why volunteering is important: “We work with lots of families who care for children and young people with very complicated health conditions. An extra pair of hands will provide a lot of a support and it is also very rewarding for those who take part. The volunteers can help with all kinds of tasks from gardening and ironing to organising events that enable families to get together. It’s amazing how much relief a family can experience by having someone there to help.”

If you are over the age of 18 and can spare a few hours a week we are really keen to hear from you. If you would like to know more about the role of Home Support Volunteers please contact Sharon.Elswood@swft.nhs.uk or come along to one of our open days on the 6th of January:

10am – 1pm at Chess Centre, 460 Cedar Road, Camphill, Nuneaton, CV10 9DN

1pm – 5:30pm at Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elborow Street,Rugby, CV21 3BZ

6pm – 8pm Northgate Methodist Church Warwick, Barrack Street, Warwick CV34 4TH

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