On Friday 24 June, James Brokenshire MP joined young volunteers, South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) Staff and the CSV for the launch of this year’s Summer of Service where young volunteers give up their time over the holiday period to help out at Queen Mary’s Hospital.
Mr Brokenshire joined the volunteers in a ‘make over’ of a hospital garden by planning a tree in the grounds of Queen Mary’s. The launch was celebrating the work that will start on Monday 28 July for a six weeks giving local young people of Sidcup and Bexley to undertake garden make overs, helping with patient feeding and organising play activities at SLHT Hospitals.
The ‘Summer of Service’ programme organised by the UK’s leading volunteering charity CSV (Community Service Volunteers) aims to give young people – 15 years +, who have just completed their GCSE’s – a chance to demonstrate that they can make an impact in their communities by taking the initiative themselves. The Sidcup project is one of six schemes CSV is running this summer, where young people are being targeted to do 100 hours of volunteering, over a period of six weeks.
Commenting on the event James Brokenshire MP said:
“The Summer of Service does a tremendous amount of good work to support the patients and hospital staff. I think it is fantastic that so many young people want to give up their time to help others. I’m delighted to show my support for this scheme and to have had the opportunity roll up my sleeves and get involved by planting a tree at the launch event. A great deal of thanks needs to go to the local Vibe team behind all of the organisation to make the Summer of Service possible as well as to the South London Healthcare Trust and Community Service Volunteers (CSV) for their backing.”
1) CSV’s Queen Mary’s Summer of Service Begins on Monday 25 July with many planned activities, including:
- Patient feeding – especially important to stroke and elderly patients who find using cutlery and opening packaging difficult and may miss out on food without volunteer help
- Gardening make-overs – to brighten up outdoor spaces used for patients to relax
- Awareness campaign – campaign in the hospital reception area to raise awareness on different topics. This week focused on the importance of hand hygiene in care settings.
2) CSV (Community Service Volunteers) is the UK’s leading volunteer charity and creates opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their community through volunteering, training and community action. Each year 164,000 people give 4.1 million hours of their time as volunteers through CSV. www.csv.org.uk