Volunteer

Volunteer

A volunteer is someone who gives their time, skills or knowledge, freely and by choice, for no pay, to help others.

Volunteers help in many different ways in our hospitals and services. There are a number of roles they can take including befriending on the wards, supporting staff, as well as volunteering in roles such as gardening and as shop assistants.

The Trust welcomes volunteer applications from people of any gender, race, colour, religion, ethnic or national origins, status, disability, mental health problems, age or sexual orientation.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, most of our volunteers have been stood down. Our main aim in the coming weeks is to bring them back before we recruit new volunteers. Please feel free to complete the online application below but be aware you may not be contacted until later in the year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Volunteer Recruitment Process

  • Fill out a Volunteer application form
  • Meet us for an informal chat
  • Fill out a health questionnaire
  • Fill out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where appropriate
  • Give us the contact details of people we can contact for a reference
  • Do any training needed for the volunteer role - we will let you know if you need to do this
  • Sign a volunteer agreement that explains what the Trust expects of you and what you can expect from us.

If possible, we ask volunteers to commit to at least six months of volunteering with us.

Frequently asked Questions

How long does the recruitment process take?

It takes about four weeks on average, but this will depend on a number of things including how quickly we are able to get the results of your checks and questionnaires back. 

Do I have to wear a uniform?

In some areas where volunteers are ward-based we will give you a uniform to wear. This is to protect your clothes, to help with infection control, and to make it easy for us to tell that you are a volunteer.

How old to I have to be?

You have to be at least 16 to be a volunteer. In some areas of the Trust you will need to be at least 18.

I am a student that requires a placement as part of my course or study, can you help?

Work experience or placements are offered by our Learning and Development team - click here for more information. 

What training will I have to undertake?

There are eight modules of training that need to be done, these include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Fire safety
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Information governance
  • Manual handling
  • Safeguarding

How many hours do I have to give?

We ask volunteers to commit to three hours a week for six months.

I’m claiming job-seeker’s allowance, can I still volunteer?

When claiming job-seeker’s allowance you must be able to prove that you are available for paid work at all times. We advise you to check with your job-seeker advisor, before taking a volunteer role.

Do I have to come for an interview and what will it involve?

Everyone who wants to be a volunteer will be asked to come in for an informal chat. This lets us get to know you  better and find out what sort of thing you are looking for. It also means you can ask any questions you might have. We will talk about the volunteer roles that we have available and find the best match for you.

I have a paid job, can I still volunteer?

If you have a paid job, we will try to find a volunteer role that fits around your working hours.

Can I volunteer at the evening or weekends?

Some volunteer roles are available in the evening or at weekends, depending on the needs of the ward or service. Other roles such as administration may only be needed Monday to Friday during office hours.