National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June) | News

By your side

National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June)

This National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June), we have been paying tribute to the tremendous help and support our volunteers provide to our patients, families and staff each and every day, in particular through these challenging time.

Below are some of our volunteer stories and staff reflections paying tribute to all their hard work:

Jodie, Radio Lollipop volunteer:

“After doing my Play Therapy Diploma I wanted to make use of it and also Radio Lollipop was very personal to my choice having spent time in hospital where it all began 40years ago. My experience has been amazing, helping children recover through play is so rewarding and getting to see the patients relax and disappear from their worries whilst we interact with them through games and colouring. My team at Radio Lollipop in Birmingham is amazing. I really feel we all work together putting the patient’s well-being first. If u have 2 hours once a week it is the most rewarding time you will have and it’s great to see the little ones smile.”

Fatima, Radio Lollipop volunteer:

“I initially decided to volunteer because my university timetable meant I usually had a few hours to spare in the evenings and what better way to spend this time than playing exciting (and often competitive!) games with patients, reading books or simply having a relaxing colouring-in session! The year I've had at Radio Lollipop has been one of the most rewarding years especially when seeing just how much the children enjoy playing games for a couple of hours or just engaging with us volunteers (this does make it more difficult when it's the end of play time at the end of our shift. Radio Lollipop would not be as fantastic as it is without the hard-working team behind it. I can't wait to host more radio shows in the future.”

Asma Murtaza, Play Facilitator (Ward 1):

“We love having volunteers! They make a massive difference having them on our team. They keep our patients/siblings entertained; help with the upkeep of the ward, keep parents company and also help with keeping the environment safe. All their time spent is priceless. Having volunteers relieves the pressures of staffs work as we know 100% patients are safe with our volunteers.”

“One of our regular volunteers Christine McKenzie (pictured) has been with us for over four years, and all our regular patients miss her tremendously just as much as Christine misses us! Thank you to all the volunteers for all your hard work, we miss you, hope you’re all keeping safe and we cannot wait to have you back.”