All week we have been encouraging you to Consider Volunteering, today the final day of National Volunteering Week 2016 we wished to share with you an insight into how Volunteers are making a real difference in the every day life and living in Kerry
IT’S a small team that’s working well and making a big difference, that’s the message this week from University Hospital Kerry Volunteer Co-ordinator Nollaig Barry.The volunteer programme at the hospital was initiated in 2012 to support the Care of the Elderly facility which was later transferred to the Tralee Community Nursing Home in Killerisk. Since then it has grown into an integral part of life in the hospital.
“At the initial stage we looked at taking on just two or three ‘Befrienders’ to support patients. Once we saw the success of that we looked at other ways volunteers could help and that is how our ‘Meet and Greet’ initiative came about ,” Nollaig explained.