We accept volunteers from the age of 16 and we have no upper age
limit, so long as you are reasonably fit.
Not at all.
Just being able to give your time and wanting to help is all
Often something as simple as a cheery disposition is just what
we are looking for.
Volunteers undertake a number of different roles and their work
is shaped by the skills and knowledge that they bring; enhancing
and extending the professional care given to patients.
All volunteers are recruited along similar lines to our paid
This will include an 'interview' which is really an informal
one-to-one meeting with a member of the Voluntary Services
This will allow us to get to know you and 'match' you with an
appropriate role whilst giving you an opportunity to ask all the
questions you have.
You may need to.
You will be required to complete a health questionnaire, which
may or may not lead to an appointment with the nurse or doctor - it
will depend on your answers to the questions on the form.
We like people to be able to give at least three hours per
We're grateful for all the time you spare, but it works better
for most roles if you can give a regular time commitment.
We only accept placements for
a minimum of six months. The recruitment process takes several
weeks and therefore is too time consuming for only short periods of
Flexibility can be discussed at the interview.
Yes you will.
All volunteers are required to be checked through the Disclosure
and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly CRB), in order to protect the
vulnerable adults and children we deal with.
All volunteers have to attend up to a day and a half Trust
Induction or complete a workbook before they start. Training is
given for certain roles, such as the feeding team.
Refresher training is required annually.
We have a variety of placement opportunities so we always need
volunteers, but we do have a duty to recruit and place volunteers
in a way which ensures safety for all concerned.
We will do our best to match you with a suitable role.
However, there are also areas where placements are limited and
quickly filled, such as maternity, paediatrics and physiotherapy,
so it is worth checking if you have a specific choice of placement
No, because we have a clear description of each voluntary role,
and this is agreed before you start.
There are lots of things!
Please see Volunteering Opportunities
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