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Pilot Community Connection Program with the RBWH

Volunteers are visiting the RBWH wards each evening and on weekends. Trust has been built with the patients, who now look forward to the volunteers’ visits and enjoy the activities. Bingo is especially well attended and the inpatients are always grateful of the small prizes they can win.  Informal chats with the inpatients have revealed other activities they would like to see on the ward such as dancing to pop music, playing hop scotch and celebrity head. Further discussions with the hospital staff will be necessary before these activities can commence.

Several new Friends have been signed up by our Area Coordinators and our volunteers are meeting their Friends in hospital before they are discharged. This ensures friendship grows before the transition to home, which is a vulnerable time.

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