Volunteers needed for Ladysmith blood donor clinics

Canadian Blood Services is looking for in-clinic and in-community volunteers.

Do you like talking to people, have an interest in health care and a few hours of time to spare?

If so, Canadian Blood Services is looking for you.

Canadian Blood Services holds blood donor clinics in Ladysmith every eight weeks, and the charitable organization is looking for more volunteers in this area.

Ciara Stewart, volunteer resources co-ordinator with Canadian Blood Services, says they are looking for a lot more people to volunteer as either in-clinic volunteers or in-community volunteers.

In-clinic volunteers help with the blood donor clinics that come through Ladysmith every eight weeks.

“We’re looking for in-clinic volunteers to escort donors through the donation process and in the hospitality area, post-donation,” said Stewart. “Donor safety and customer service are the key responsibilities of the in-clinic volunteer role.”

Volunteers help create a welcoming and comfortable experience for blood donors, and their role focuses on interaction with donors and staff. Volunteers’ main priorities are to provide a positive experience for donors during their donation process, provide information to donors about Canadian Blood Services programs and activities and assist with clinic flow.

“It’s a really great way to learn about blood and blood donation, meet new friends and help out the community,” said Stewart.

Stewart feels in-clinic volunteering is a good opportunity for anyone interested in health care.

“It’s good for anyone who has customer service experience and also for someone with medical or health care experience,” she said. “Basically, if you are a people person, it’s a great volunteer opportunity for you.”

In-community volunteers spread the word about the importance of blood donation, often through information booths at community events. By participating in these community events, volunteers can help recruit new blood donors and promote upcoming clinics.

Stewart says Canadian Blood Services needs both types of volunteers but is especially looking for in-clinic volunteers.

There is an application process for potential volunteers, and anyone who is interested in volunteering with Canadian Blood Services can visit the organization’s website or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

The next Canadian Blood Services clinic in Ladysmith will take place Thurs., Oct. 4.