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Volunteering gives Natalie’s career a head start

New HCA Natalie Taylor A Pontefract mum has begun the career in healthcare she always wanted and believes her previous role as a volunteer played a pivotal part.

41 year old Natalie Taylor joined The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, as a volunteer on the intermediate care ward, at Pontefract Hospital in October last year and has now secured the clinical role she always wanted.

“If it wasn’t for voluntary services I don’t think I would be where I am today,” said Natalie. “My eldest son was in and out of hospital at a young age and from then on I knew nursing was a profession I wanted to pursue.

“I didn't have any experience, so by having the opportunity to volunteer it gave me an insight into a hospital environment and the role of a Health Care Support Worker – which is the level I needed to start at.”

Natalie found her volunteering experience invaluable and it confirmed to her that she did want to get into nursing. “When a vacancy came up I applied and was thrilled to be offered the position and I’m settling in well. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to volunteer first to get a taste of what I now do and I’d recommend volunteering to anyone.”

More than 500 volunteers help out at the Trust in a number of ways from guiding patients around the hospitals to delivering newspapers on the wards.

Vikki Padgett is the Voluntary Services Manager at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, she said: “It can be hard to get into a profession when you haven’t got the experience and volunteering is a great way to do this. I’m delighted that, with our support, Natalie has been able to secure a permanent role with us to follow her vocation.”

Find out more about volunteering by contacting the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust volunteer@midyorks.nhs.uk