Volunteers play an important role at our hospitals, from welcoming patients at the door, to helping with mealtimes, and many other roles in between.
Lwiza Mulenga has joined the Trust as Young Volunteer Coordinator. Lwiza’s role involves engaging with young people to get them involved with volunteering at the Trust.
Lwiza will also be involved in launching the Trust's new Young Volunteers programme in January 2020 at Peterborough City Hospital. Applications for this will open on 11 September.
What is your background?
“After university I volunteered in Cambodia for three months. I really enjoyed the experience and proved to me that I wanted to work in the volunteering sector. I took on a role with the National Citizen Service (NCS) working with young volunteers. I then moved to a tuition centre where I worked with young people aged between 4 and 14. I really enjoyed giving back in the education centre and now I’m looking forward to seeing how I can help in the healthcare sector.”
What does your new role involve?
“I will be working with our young volunteers aged between 16 and 25. I will be the main point of contact for them and help them navigate through their volunteering journeys with the Trust. My role covers all of our sites, but I will be working on developing a volunteering programme at Peterborough based on the successful initiatives at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.“
What are you looking to achieve?
“I want to make an impact in our different departments by bringing in more young volunteers. I hope to help recruit volunteers that are diverse and have not worked in the NHS before – for example there are very few young, male volunteers.”
What can young volunteers bring to the Trust?
“Young people can bring a fresh air to the Trust and a voice that we have been lacking. They can bring skills and experiences that can be useful and innovative to the Trust.
“Overall by having young people volunteering we can tap into a new part of our community and make young people feel empowered.”
Volunteer Manager Barry Pridmore said, “Lwiza is joining the Trust to focus on increasing the involvement of young volunteers. The role is funded by the Pears Foundation for two years and enables us to meet the requirements of the NHS 10 year plan, engaging young people to enhance the patient experience and also to support staff of the future to gain skills and experience to support their development.”
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