This project will further embed volunteering in the life & activities of the REH. It will benefit the health, wellbeing & social capital of patients & the wider community & will add value to NHS services.
“Patient Volunteers” (in-patients with severe/enduring mental illness) will be inspired, encouraged & supported to volunteer.
“Public Volunteers” (members of the general public) will be engaged to enhance & improve the environment & experiences of REH patients.
Activity this year will particularly focus on
1.Extending volunteer involvement in rehabilitation wards to support patients to prepare for discharge
2.Providing high quality training & experiences to volunteers who wish to enter health professions eg potential OTs, psychologists. This will improve their employability, & support the development of the NHS’s future workforce.