The charity has three cafés across the hospital, which are run by staff and supported by caring volunteers. Together, the team serve hot and cold drinks, healthy meals and treats, a warm welcome and a friendly face from behind counters in the outpatients and oncology departments, and in the Rosie Maternity Hospital.

Providing more than just refreshments, the team understand that being in hospital, or visiting a loved one in hospital, can be a challenging experience, and so they’re happy to offer a listening ear to anyone who might want to take a moment to chat.

The service provided by the volunteers is also greatly appreciated by hard-working NHS staff who often stop by for a well-deserved bite, drink and break. Profits generated by the Royal Voluntary Service café help the charity to fund its work supporting the NHS and those most vulnerable in the community.

Volunteering at the RVS café is a very social and rewarding role, and the friendly team are looking for more volunteers to join them in brightening the days of their customers at the hospital.

Volunteers can choose from a range of roles and responsibilities at the café, from cooking teacakes, to working on the tills, or simply just chatting with and serving customers. No previous experience or special skills are required, as all training is provided, making it a great opportunity to learn something new.

Anyone looking to give back to the hospital, gain new skills, meet new people, or try something new and rewarding can visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or say hello on 01223244749 and  addenbrookeshosp@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

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