Volunteers’ week is a national campaign supported by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It gives organisations like The Christie a chance to say thank you to volunteers for all the hard work they do.
Volunteers at The Christie play an important role in improving the patient experience. Whether they’re supporting at events, working in the May Draper tea bar or providing a meet and greet service, their work frees up the time of paid members of staff at all levels.
At The Christie, we currently have 157 active volunteers in 21 different job roles. Our volunteers range from 16 to 91 years old, and have a wide range of duties.
What’s more, 32 of our current active volunteers have volunteered for 10 years or more. It’s this long-time dedication – as well as the commitment of our newer volunteers – that makes our volunteers truly invaluable.
That’s why we want to show our thanks for all that our volunteers do to help support our work here at The Christie.
What people say about our volunteers
"Our volunteers are amazing, giving precious time, a listening ear, and much-needed emotional and spiritual first aid on our wards on a regular basis."
- Andrew Bradley, chaplaincy
"Our volunteers are such a valuable asset to the team. They are professional, enthusiastic, selfless and compassionate. They take such pride in their role and have a wonderful relationship with the staff, patients and relatives."
- Gemma Jones, ward 4
"The support we receive from our admin volunteers is invaluable. Without their help each week, we wouldn’t be able to get through as much as we do. It’s wonderful to have them as part of our team."
- Jen Kent, The Christie charity
"Each volunteer is very valuable to the community team. They’re committed, reliable and it’s been a pleasure having them in our office and at our events. We really appreciate their support."
- Laura Livesey, The Christie charity
"We thoroughly loved having volunteers on the IPU. What a huge asset they are. They are very much part of the team… family in fact."
- Susy Pramod, IPU
What’s on this volunteers’ week?
Volunteer thank you display
Throughout the year, we have received lots of amazing comments about how volunteers make a difference at The Christie. During volunteers' week 2019, we will be displaying all of these comments at the Oak Road entrance area from 3 – 7 June. Visitors, patients and staff members will be able to see them and can also add their own.
Some volunteers have also kindly offered to come along to this display over lunch times. If you have any questions about volunteering or just wanted to say thank you, they will be available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 – 1pm.
There will also be a member of the marketing and engagement team at the display on Thursday 6 June, 12 - 1pm. The marketing and engagement team help with recruitment, training and placement of volunteers at The Christie. If any departments have questions about recruiting volunteers, they can come and see us at this time.
Volunteer celebration event
As part of volunteer's week, we are hosting our annual celebration event on Tuesday 4 June.
The event will take place in the auditorium in the education centre (department 17) for a special thank you from chief executive Roger Spencer and chair of The Christie Chris Outram for all of the hard work our volunteers have put in over the past year.
There will be long service awards for those who have reached their 10th and 20th years of volunteering at The Christie, as well as afternoon tea and cake!
Current volunteers can RSVP on 0161 446 3056.
Above: picture gallery of the 2018 volunteer celebration event
Interested in volunteering at The Christie?
We need dedicated, caring and enthusiastic volunteers who have a passion for helping people and making a difference. We offer a range of meaningful volunteering opportunities within the hospital and The Christie charity, ranging from event support to ward assistants.
For more information about volunteering at The Christie including the recruitment process and FAQs, please visit christie.nhs.uk/volunteers. You can also see our find a role page with a list of all current volunteering opportunities at The Christie.