Our volunteers are amazing people! Each and every one of them provides invaluable help in supporting the work of the Trust and enriching the patient experience.
Who can volunteer?
Volunteering is a genuine way in which people can give something to their community. Our volunteers play an important role in our Trust by providing non-clinical support. They bring skills, knowledge and experience that complement the core activities of the Trust.
A Volunteer is anyone 16 years of age or over who offers time and services for which no remuneration is paid, except for agreed expenses such as travel and parking.
Volunteers can be either recruited directly through the Trust’s volunteer recruitment process or through a third party volunteer organisation such as the Leagues of Friends.
To request a volunteer in your department please contact the Volunteering Coordinator on 01271 313933 or Ext 4233, who will manage the recruitment process for you.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
People from all walks of life volunteer for all sorts of reasons. So whether you’re wanting additional experience to enhance your studies or to improve your CV, to help you return to work or whether you have lots of time on your hands and would like to do something positive to fill your time volunteering can be hugely rewarding. It also has a very positive impact on our sense of wellbeing and good health and is a great way to experience new things and meet new people.
From our point of view, volunteers make a very real difference to both staff and patients, especially on the wards. Volunteers have the gift of time: the time to sit, the time to listen, the time to chat. This makes an enormous difference – it takes pressure off staff, allowing them more time to focus on clinical needs and it provides quality companionship for patients. Spending time with a patient who is not eating at mealtimes when left alone can make a massive difference to their recovery rates as a result of improved nutrition. Our volunteers across the Trust, in whatever area of work, are constantly raising the threshold and making sure our patients and service users get the best experience possible.
How soon can volunteers start?
The recruitment procedure can take several weeks to complete after the initial informal interview and includes clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, health checks, right to work checks and appropriate references.
How much time do volunteers give?
As much time as you can spare! However, we suggest that each session you offer is a minimum of 2 hours, depending on the type of voluntary work chosen. Obviously, we want you to stay with us as long as possible but we ask for a minimum commitment of six months. When you have completed six months or more, we are normally happy to provide a reference for you for future college courses or employment, if required.
Will volunteers be out of pocket?
No, we will cover your car parking fees, offer discount in the staff restaurant and can reimburse a reasonable amount of travelling expenses if required.
Will training be provided?
Full induction, training and ongoing support will be given to all volunteers. We encourage all volunteers to become Dementia Friends when they start working with us and other training may include areas such as wheelchair training, manual handling, feeding depending on the volunteering role.
How do volunteers apply?
What current opportunities do you have?
Our volunteers make such a difference and are currently helping us enhance patient care in the following departments –
Please go to the current opportunities page