YC Hertfordshire Empathy Project at Watford General Hospital, Watford

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The YC Hertfordshire Empathy Project is a volunteering opportunity for young people in Hertfordshire. Nobody knows quite how a young person feels when they have to go to hospital in an emergency better than another young person. The Empathy Project enables young people aged 16 to 21 to volunteer as community navigators, administer social prescriptions and give emotional support to other young people attending A&E.

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What do Empathy Project volunteers do?

Empathy Project volunteers provide practical and emotional support to young patients in A&E, and ensure they leave with a clearer idea of the range of support and activities available to them in their community.

Volunteers are given extensive training and will receive recognised certificates in a range of subjects, including Mental Health First Aid and the Royal Society for Public Health's Emotional Wellbeing qualification.

Volunteers work in small groups of up to four people in Watford General Hospital's A&E department and are supervised and chaperoned at all times by an experienced YC Hertfordshire youth worker.

Could you be an Empathy Project volunteer?
The project is actively looking for volunteers for this project. Those who are considering a career in health or social care would be particularly suitable.

This is a unique volunteering opportunity for young people aged 16-21 who are looking to develop a wide range of transferable skills.

This YC Hertfordshire initiative is delivered in collaboration with the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the East and North Herts NHS Trust.

There is also an opportunity to volunteer for this project at Lister Hospital.


Venue: Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford WD18 0HB

Age Range: 16 to 21

Cost: Free

Timing and Repeats:
Mondays, 5:30pm–8:30pm
Fridays, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Booking Info: Booking always needed

Organisation: YC Hertfordshire Watford Team, tel: 01442 454060 , email: yc.watford@hertfordshire.gov.uk, website: click here...

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