Friendship, fun and family
Home is where the heart is for Hammerson Nightingale’s volunteers
KNOWN FOR providing an exceptional level of care to older members of the community, Nightingale Hammerson benefits greatly from its network of 240 volunteers. Giving something back to society is taken seriously by the Jewish community, particularly when it comes to looking after the older generation. However Nightingale Hammeron volunteers are from all ages, backgrounds and faiths. They make an invaluable contribution to both Nightingale House and Hammerson House, while also being given the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and gain experience in an area of interest.
Nightingale Hammerson offersgreat flexibility to its volunteers, who can give different amounts of time, from a few hours per week to, in some cases, several days per week. Some volunteers, such as those on university placements, help in distinct areas of the two homes, working closely with the nursing and care staff. Volunteers
Befrienders might teach a resident how to Skype their loved ones
support the work of staff, enabling them to provide an even higher standard of professional care.
Many volunteers become “befrienders”, engaging in social activities with residents, such as going to an on-site café with them for a piece of cake; playing board games; walking with a resident around the gardens or simply sitting with a resident and having a friendly chat. Particularly for residents who may have very few visitors, this social interaction with committed volunteers has a very positive impact on their wellbeing and day-to-day lives.
In addition to befriending, volunteers at Nightingale Hammerson help residents with shopping, escort them to hospital appointments and even teach some residents how to use computers and Skype their loved ones.
Volunteers at Nightingale Hammerson also play a huge role in fundraising, which is important to ensure both homes can continue to deliver such a high level of care.
Groups and individuals are sponsored to run in marathons or put on regular quiz nights to raise money for the homes, which in turn benefits residents.
Nightingale Hammerson is extremely fortunate to have such a willing and enthusiastic group of volunteers. They make an incredible contribution and create the sense of community, friendship and family that is so important in Jewish life. Combined with extensive fundraising and generous donations from friends and supporters, volunteers make Nightingale House and Hammerson House wonderful places to live.
Crafting chanuciot together at Nightingale