Inspirational OSFC student, Fatheha volunteers at The Royal Oldham Hospital during Covid-19
Year 12 Health and Social Care student, Fatheha Akhtar, has been volunteering at The Royal Oldham Hospital for the last 6 months. However, she has recently increased her weekly hours to offer vital support to the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. She volunteers for 4 hours, 5 evenings a week, after she has completed her daily remote learning for college.
Prior to Covid-19, Fatheha was originally volunteering on the Acute Medical Unit in preparation for applying to study Midwifery at university but has since had to change her role. In March, Fatheha joined the team of Emergency Responder Volunteers assisting with implementing strict infection control measures with visitors, escorting outpatients for appointments calmly around the hospital and keeping inpatients in contact with their loved ones by delivering letter and care packages from relatives. She has also been promoted to Team Leader to help and support newer volunteers as they learn more and ease into their role. Fatheha has received glowing references to support her application to Higher Education, as well as developing her communication skills, confidence and resilience during this time.
Aspiring Midwife Fatheha, has found this voluntary experience invaluable, “I have really been enjoying volunteering at the hospital; it is good to know that you can make a difference to patients and put a smile on their face which is a positive thing when they are going through a difficult time. I plan to continue volunteering for the NHS for as long as I can and I would encourage all students out there to take part in this huge opportunity as it makes a difference to you as a person and to those who you work with.”
Everyone at OSFC is extremely proud of Fatheha and her amazing efforts during this unprecedented time.