Make your New Year’s resolution to become a feeding buddy
21 January 2016
With the Near Year now into full swing, many of you may be actively engaging in your New Year resolutions such as no more smoking, doing more exercise and being better with money.
But how about committing to a resolution that's a bit different
and extremely rewarding that you may never have considered -
volunteering as a feeding buddy?
In their distinctive red tabards the hospital's feeding buddies
are unpaid mealtime companions who help our vulnerable patients to
eat and drink. In total we have around 80 registered feeding
buddies who work every week and they range from students looking to
get ward experience to retired people who want to support their
Another positive of being a feeding buddy is that colleges and
prospective employers now place greater emphasis upon evidence of
voluntary work. At the opposite end of the spectrum, more people
are taking early retirement and redundancies which means we have a
fairly diverse mix of volunteers.
Voluntary services manager at Southend University Hospital, Jane
O'Connell, said: "To be a feeding buddy you have to like and be
interested in people. We aim for feeding buddies to make a 6-month
commitment and we are very proud of the priceless help and support
they provide to our patients."
If you are interested in becoming a feeding buddy, please
contact Jane on 01702 435555 (ext. 6135).