Volunteer Forum Group
Bradford Teaching Hospitals (BTH) has an active volunteering community which continues to grow significantly. The eleven most active Voluntary Groups/ Charities have a combined total membership community of approximately 860 people. Representatives of these groups form the Volunteer Forum Group and meet regularly to provide mutual support and promote the work of their individual groups.
There are three Liaison Governors who link with the group and act in an advisory capacity and feedback to the Board of Governors.
A number of other voluntary and charitable organisations have strong links with BTH and liaise closely with the Voluntary Services Department.
Annette Fox Leukaemia Research Fund
The Fund is committed to providing the best possible care to patients and their relatives, the research into leukaemia and other blood related disorders. All donations received by the charity are used to provide much needed specialist equipment, training and personal support for the benefit of patients on Ward 7. The Fund also provides the services of an Aromatherapist, Watercolour Artist, Welfare Benefits Advisor from the Cancer Support Centre, and a Haematology Research & Service Development Practitioner. If you would like to support the charity in any way we would be delighted to receive both monetary donations and any offers of help - please contact Fund Administrator on 01274 364168 or the Chairman of the Trustees of the Annette Fox Leukaemia Research Fund, who can also be contacted on the above number.
Bradford Heart Support Group
Bradford Heart Support Group is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. Formed in 1991, it provides non-medical support for heart patients and their carers. Membership is about 450. It encourages patients to take exercise together at a local leisure centre and has a swimming group. Social events include a monthly lunch and monthly members’ meetings held in Field House, which include speakers on various non-medical topics. The Group also organises a barbecue and a fund-raising open day and an occasional outing. A newsletter, produced internally, is sent to all members four times a year. Volunteers from the Group visit patients in Ward 22 and also talk to patients at the rehabilitation classes in the BRI’s gym. The group raises much of its funding from raffles and ‘one-off’ events, but also from external sources as the opportunity arises. For further details you can call the Chairman of Bradford Heart Support Group, Joan Armitage, on 01274-571955
Bradford Cancer Support Centre
We help families cope with their situation from the time of diagnosis onwards.
We support people to live with cancer as part of their lives and to carry on as normally as possible.
What we can do to help you…
- Various classes and activities
- Counselling service
- Welfare Rights advice
- Transport Service
- Complementary Therapies
- HeadStrong (for people who are experiencing hair loss)
- Cancer Information Centre (Main Entrance, Bradford Royal Infirmary) - a drop in service that offers help and support to anyone who is affected by or concerned about cancer, including families and carers.
- Umeed (Asian women)
- Bosom Friends (Breast Cancer)
- Upper Gastrointestinal
- Lung Cancer
- The Croakies (Head & Neck)
Bradford Cancer Support Centre
Daisy House Farm
44 Smith Lane
Tel: 01274 776688
Welfare Rights: 01274 777711
Cancer Information Centre
What we can offer
- A relaxed environment where you can discuss your needs and concerns confidentially
- Information on cancer and related topics e.g. diet, palliative care, travel insurance and details of other support organisations
- Someone to talk to
- Books, videos and audio cassettes available on loan
- Access to the internet
- Resources are available if you have any particular needs e.g. information in other languages and information for those with sight or hearing difficulties
Drop in opening hours are Monday – Friday (between 10am and 4pm). Appointments are needed outside these hours.
Cancer Information Centre: 01274 364307
The Chaplaincy offers confidential support to all, to those with a religious faith and to those with none. You, your relative or
your friend may have specific religious needs/concerns whilst in hospital. The Trust understands that all people have spiritual needs even though all may not be religious. The Chaplaincy team are therefore here to support all patients and their carers during their time in hospital. If you would like to have a visit from a Chaplain please ask a member of the ward team. Arrangements can be made for your own religious representative to visit again -please ask the staff to arrange this. There are various places of Worship for Multi-faith worship on both the BRI and SLH sites: At Bradford Royal Infirmary: Christian Chapel on Level 1 ; Multi-faith Prayer Room opposite Priestley’s Cafeteria. At St. Luke’s Hospital: Multi-faith Place of Worship in Horton Wing on Level 0. Further details can be found on Ward Notice Boards or by ringing 365819. If in doubt ask a member of a healthcare team.
The Ear Trust
The Ear Trust, established in 1990, is a registered charity no 1000929 .The aims of the Ear Trust are to be a support for the
assessment and treatment of profoundly deaf children and adults. The supra-regional Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service was established as a unit shortly after. The charity initially funded the implants but with recognition of how successful implants are, NHS finding became available. The charity has focused on purchase of equipment, improving clinical governance and promoting health awareness via workshops and interactive meetings with patients and professionals both nationally and internationally. Through constant fundraising efforts, we have been able to build a “Listening for Life Centre” in the grounds of the BRI. Please look at our website for further information www.ycis.org.uk
The Elizabeth Foundation
For pre-school deaf children and their families. We encourage the development of speech, language and listening skills in a natural fun, child centred environment. We provide:
- Family support and Education
- Baby and pre-school programme for deaf children aged 0-5 years with qualified Teachers of the Deaf
- Correspondence course for parents
Contact: Margaret Southern: 01274 382282
27 Smith Lane
The Friends of Bradford Royal Infirmary
Established in 1988 currently have 139 members and a Committee of 17 members. The age range is from 16 years upwards. They raise approximately £50,000 to £60,000 per year, through Tea-bars and Trolley Services. Other fund raising events are organised through the fund raising group. Funds are used to support patient care and services. In addition to active voluntary roles in the wards and departments at Bradford Royal Infirmary, the Friends of BRI help with other projects on an ad hoc basis. The Friends often support the funding of equipment/ soft furnishings as a joint venture with the Friends of SLH. Their main aim is to provide a service to patients, staff and visitors and help in any way they can. For more information please contact: Chris Heaton – Voluntary Services Nurse Manager 01274 364309 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio Royal Hospital Radio
Radio Royal is a Registered Charity, established in 1952. Our aims are to provide a personal radio service to the patients
of the Bradford Royal Infirmary and to enhance their wellbeing during their stay in hospital. We do this by visiting them at their bedside, and if they wish, playing their choice of music over the bedside radio. We also provide programmes specially tailored to patients' needs, giving local and hospital information.
We provide 24 Hours of live and pre recorded programme's 7 days per week in addition to providing health promotion and information for the patients of Bradford Royal Infirmary. We can also promote local charities and forthcoming local events. For more information, please contact the studio on 01274 364917 or visit www.radioroyalbradford.co.uk Or call free from Patientline *800
St Luke’s Sound Hospital Radio
(Registered charity number 509921)
There has been a Hospital Radio station at St Luke’s for many years, Originally run by members of staff. In 1978, membership was widened by inviting members of the public to join the broadcasting team. On 14 February 1979, the new station commenced broadcasting and has continued to do so ever since. In February 2009, we celebrated 30 years of service. St Luke’s Sound is now on air 24 hours a day. Our aim is to play music of all kinds, to suit all listener’s tastes. In addition, we keep up to date with the news and information which we believe will help our listeners during and after their stay in St Luke’s. Recent achievements have included securing lottery funding for a bi-lingual training programme and extending our services into the out-patient areas. For more details of our award winning radio station, visit our website: www.stlukessound.co.uk For requests, dedications and more information, telephone 01274 365041 or E-mail: email@example.com
The Friends of St Luke’s Hospital
Established in 1981. Currently have 85 members and a committee of 17 members. The age range is from 16 years upwards. They raise approximately £50,000 per year, through the Tea bars and trolley sales and have a calendar of fund raising events organised every year. As with the Friends of BRI, their main aim is to provide a service to patients, staff and visitors and have active roles in the wards and departments at St Luke’s Hospital. Funds are used to support patient care and services. The Friends of SLH occasionally support the funding of equipment/soft furnishings as a joint venture with the Friends of BRI.
For more information please contact:
Chris Heaton – Voluntary Services Nurse Manager
Tel 01274 364309 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A-Z of External Organisations
In addition to the Voluntary Groups operating within the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust there are a number of external organisations that maybe able to provide help and assistance for your specific needs. Every care has been taken to ensure that the details are accurate at the time of going to press. We apologise for any errors and omissions that may have occurred.