This week we are celebrating our fantastic volunteers and the valuable addition they make to the MiHC community.
Hannah Merchant, who volunteers with our team in South England, studied Music at the University of Oxford and is now keen to pursue a career in Music Therapy. Whilst volunteering with MiHC she has particularly enjoyed attending concerts and hearing how they have impacted audiences:
“I have been volunteering with Music in Hospitals & Care since November 2018. My role involves visiting a diverse range of settings to collect feedback. It has been a privilege to witness the warm response of both patients and staff to performers at concerts. One touching anecdote involved a lady at the Royal Star and Garter Home who enjoyed mirroring an ‘imaginary’ piano during a pianist’s concert, as well as singing along to many of the songs he played.
Attending concerts has allowed me to witness first-hand the amazing impact that live music can have in medical settings. The feedback I receive from patients and staff just emphasises the invaluable service that the charity provides.
I am very grateful for all the opportunities that the charity is giving me and very much look forward to continuing volunteering with them”.
Interested in volunteering with us? Contact us to let us know where you are based and what you’d like to get involved with!
Organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations England in partnership with Volunteer Now Northern Ireland, Volunteer Scotland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Volunteers’ Week takes place annually between 1st – 7th June. Find out more at volunteersweek.org.
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