Student Volunteers making a difference at Stroke Centre
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.