How volunteering led to my job. Jamie Whitely explains.

Becoming a volunteer at our Trust has given local boy Jamie Whitely the opportunity to join us as a full-time employee. So as next week is Volunteer Week, we thought his story was worthy sharing.

Jamie, 24, from Mount in Huddersfield graduated three years ago with a 2:1 in Forensic and Analytical Science.

Jamie, said “Working as a volunteer has totally, 100% contributed to me getting a new role as Pharmacy Assistant at CRH, which I started on 13th May – so I’m just a couple of weeks in!

“I was being told at job interviews that my lack of experience was a key reason for being unsuccessful”.

Last year Jamie contacted our Volunteer Team and they were able to place him in the Patient Pharmacy at Huddersfield, where he started last December.

Colleague Engagement Advisor, and Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Anya Macbeth said; “It’s fantastic we can offer volunteer opportunities to local people.  Some want to give back to the hospital or have really personal reasons for doing it. Others, like Jamie, recognise it’s an important step in their career.

“We’re delighted Jamie has secured a permanent job at the Trust and that we’ve been able to play a small part in that”.

If you, or someone you know if keen to volunteer please call the team on 01484 35 (5648).

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Chin, chin

Once a year the Mayor of Kirklees holds a drinks reception for volunteers in the local community. Last month Enid and Robbie Jackson (see below) got to go to the Town Hall and meet the current and incoming Mayors.

Enid and Robbie both work on meet and greet at CRH, and Enid also works in audiology as well as helping Laura Cooper by ringing through patients to see why they don’t turn up for appointments.