As part of the year’s Volunteers Week we’ve been talking to seventeen-year-old Rohan, one of Compton’s youngest volunteers. He spends his Monday evenings giving his time to support our team of clinical staff on our inpatient unit at Compton Hall.
Rohan comments “When my grandad had prostate cancer, it hit my family hard, and so when volunteering at Compton was mentioned, I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”
Alongside studying for A Levels in chemistry, biology and maths, Rohan’s voluntary work sees him making up rooms on our inpatient unit, helping with drinks and meal times, comforting those visiting Compton, and interacting with patients.
“Meeting and chatting to the patients is what I enjoy the most, everyone has so many stories.
My dad is a pharmacist, so the healthcare industry has always been an interest of mine. I’d like to go into dentistry, medicine, or maybe cancer research when I’ve finished university, but I definitely want to work in healthcare.”
When he first started volunteering at Compton 10 weeks ago, Rohan was concerned about what his time on the inpatient unit might be like, but it couldn’t be more different.
“I was a little worried that it would be a sad place, but everyone is so happy and friendly, and there is such a community atmosphere.
I wanted to volunteer in this area of Compton because I want to know that I’m having a positive impact on people’s lives. It’s definitely very rewarding!”