Robert Davies, who founded VCS back in 1964 visited at our new base at the Inroads Wellbeing Institute today with his wife Ingegerd. Robert now lives in Sweden but keeps an active interest on our activities. Robert & Ingegerd had a tour of the building and heard about the collaboration between VCS and Inroads which has already seen the development of 17 volunteering roles. They joined staff & volunteers for a community meal in the Wellbeing Cafe and shared memories of the early days of VCS back in the 1960’s and its many incarnations – and locations – over the past 52 years. Robert said he was impressed at that the Wellbeing Institute was clearly at the heart of the community – which is very much in keeping with the original philosophy of VCS. We look forward the welcoming them back soon.
Student Volunteers Week (22 – 28 February) is a national celebration of the positive impact students have on their communities through volunteering.
The Stroke Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) at University Hospital Llandough (UHL) has recently recruited 16 student volunteers to assist as it develops its services to include seven day rehabilitation.
The 45 bed consultant led unit has a multidisciplinary team to offer on-going management and rehabilitation to patients who have had strokes.
The SRC reviewed its resources to enable its patients to receive seven day rehabilitation while they are on the unit. This includes the appointment of new rehabilitation assistants as well as the time of student volunteers to help support activity on the ward.
The volunteers will work in partnership with staff to assist and organise activity sessions for patients at the SRC. Activities include arts and crafts and quizzes, with some activities organised around individual needs. A key role as a volunteer is befriending, where volunteers can support patients at their bedside by simply reading or speaking to them.
Here three students tell us about their experiences of volunteering at the SRC.