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Voluntary Services

Welcome

Our Voluntary Services department organises and co-ordinates the activities of members of the public who wish to give their time, free of charge, to support our activities. We would like to thank you for wanting to find out about our volunteering service and considering joining our amazingly committed team of volunteers.

About our volunteers:

Our greatly valued team of currently more than 400 volunteers are already working closely with our staff. Our volunteers work in many different roles contributing over and above 50,000 hours a year. Volunteers are an important part of the Trust and contribute to our value of providing a compassionate and caring experience for patients, carers and visitors.

Our volunteers come from a variety of different cultures, ethnicities and communities aged 16 upwards. Volunteering is a two way process; the Trust gains an integral member of the workforce who enhances and complements the work of our 4,000 staff. The benefits for volunteers can include:

  • making a real difference to someone’s life
  • improving your confidence and motivation
  • putting to good use your work related and people skills if retired
  • finding placements for our young people from schools and colleges to enhance their thoughts on their careers ahead
  • meeting new people from all different backgrounds and walks of life
  • improving your CV
  • improving your health – various studies have shown that those who volunteer live longer and have lower rates of depression than those who do not volunteer.

Our Voluntary Service team enables trained Volunteers to help in a variety throughout our hospitals, deploying then to where they are needed most. This involves helping on the wards, on main reception as a guide assisting patient and visitors with directions. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of three hours per week for a period of six months .

The minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old, Volunteers are placed in all our three hospitals they really make a difference to our patient experience.

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