Trust in your vol­un­teers

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Aoife Mid­dle­mass. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: East Cheshire NHS Trust. What does the or­gan­i­sa­tion do?: The trust pro­vides health­care for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. I am the vol­un­teer man­ager so I over­see the pro­mo­tion and re­cruit­ment and man­age­ment of vol­un­teers. We have ap­prox­i­mately 300 vol­un­teers rang­ing from 16 to 94 years of age. There are lots of dif­fer­ent roles to suit all com­ers. We are very flex­i­ble and do our best to work around our vol­un­teers’ lives. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: As part of my role I process the breast­feed­ing sup­port vol­un­teers for the ma­ter­nity ward and be­came in­ter­ested in that when I be­came a vol­un­teer on the ma­ter­nity ward. I’m bi­ased but I think it’s the best role in the Trust - and I have tried most of them. Which projects have you been in­volved with re­cently?: I re­cently re­ceived a grant from the Na­tional Lot­tery to run an ac­tiv­ity group for pa­tients four times a week in the con­ser­va­tory on Ward 9. I have vol­un­teers to help me run the arts and crafts ses­sion, mu­sic, games and ‘mem­o­ries ses­sion. It’s lovely. We bring down pa­tients from dif­fer­ent wards and they have tea and bis­cuits and take part in mu­si­cal bingo or what­ever is on of­fer. What do you en­joy most about do­ing this?: I love the fact that pa­tients and vol­un­teers ap­pre­ci­ate each other’s com­pany. The pa­tients look at younger vol­un­teers as sur­ro­gate grand­chil­dren and the older vol­un­teers can re­late to past events with them. Vol­un­teer get so much from the ex­pe­ri­ence. What is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: Cinemac. I love the old-fash­ioned set­ting of it with the seat­ing taken from an older cin­ema, buy­ing ice-cream and pop­corn and the whole in­ti­mate feel of it. Much cosier then the huge mul­ti­plex cine­mas. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day?: I’d love to spend more time re­dec­o­rat­ing my house. We moved in four years ago and it still needs work. How­ever, I could only do that for a limited time, the nov­elty would wear off. I like the var­ied na­ture of my job, some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery day. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: We spent two weeks in France this sum­mer, one week with my sis­ter and her fam­ily in the Cha­rantes re­gion and the sec­ond week camp­ing at 2,000 feet in the Vos­ges in the North East. It was fan­tas­tic. We could run out of the tent and jump straight in to a lake. If money was no ob­ject what would you do?: Fin­ish my house and buy my hus­band a VW Trans­porter. He is ob­sess­ing about con­vert­ing one into a camper and driv­ing down through France and into Spain. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: You al­ways have time to vol­un­teer and you’d be amazed at how much you’d get out of it. What was your first job?: I worked in The Sweater Shop in Dublin sell­ing mainly Aran sweaters to Amer­i­can tourists. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: El­bow, Joan Ar­ma­trad­ing, Jamie T, Arc­tic Mon­keys. What is your favourite TV show?: I used to love Cold Feet and just watched the first episode of the new se­ries. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: The Real Housewives of Cheshire! My daugh­ters watch it and I can’t be­lieve they are real. If you would like to vol­un­teer with us visit: Get-In­volved/Vol­un­teers. htm or call Aoife on 01625 661974.

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