"Woody's - My Story by Yahoo!"

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as the patient),

I have been working at Woody's Coffee Bar & shop for two years. I was involved in planning the opening of the shop including working out what stock to buy, procedures, rules etc.

It made me feel I had a purpose and sense of achievement.

I always said Wathwood should provide jobs for people as when I arrived at Wathwood I was bored.

Now, I work in the shop 3 times a week supporting and buddying new volunteers.

It's important to keep occupied and moving forward with something to focus on.

Staff have been 'spot on'. They helped me through my NVQ and got me through any hicupps.

I would recommend to any patient in hospital to get a job.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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It is encouraging to read your story about Wathwood and how your life has changed.

You clearly enjoy the work in the shop. As you are now involved in helping other people to move forward, you can pass on your success story and your skills to others.

I will pass on this posting to staff at Wathwood. I am sure they will be pleased to hear that you have taken the time to tell others about the value of voluntary work whilst in hospital.

Many thanks for your posting. I wish you every success in the future.

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