How an army of volunteers could help win the fight for the NHS | David Brindle

A pioneering project aims to double the amount of voluntary workers in hospitals and alleviate the stress levels and pressure staff face in the health service

Geoff Mann is about to mark 10 years as a volunteer at North Tyneside general hospital. The retired chartered quantity surveyor does a day a week, sometimes more, driving patients and visitors with mobility needs around the hospital in North Shields in an electric buggy.

“It’s what everybody says – the enormous sense of satisfaction,� says Mann, 77, when asked what he gets out of it. “You meet a lot of people, you help them get around, you put them at ease if they’re worried – and you feel you’re part of one big family.�

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