Students in Volunteering Programme

Our Students in Volunteering (SiV) programme paves the way to allow young people the opportunity to volunteer within their local hospital, and provides a platform for a formal agreement with us and local schools and colleges.  The benefits of this programme are that we support our patients/local community and means that as an organisation we work closely putting patients at the heart of all we do.  However, it also offers up and coming medical students and others interested in a career in the NHS, exposure into the life of a hospital and the vast range of jobs available in the NHS. 

Whilst we are one of very few hospitals who accept volunteers from the age of 16, this new programme allows for a more standardised approach for students who cannot get work experience, for which volunteering is a great avenue, especially when applying to UCAS.  Whilst the main programme is a 6 month programme we do also have ad-hoc initiatives, such as audits or small projects that may suit some schools and colleges.

We are very keen to work with not only health and social care students, but a range of students on varying courses that will benefit our patients, such as beauty therapy, business or administration and creative art students.

If you would like some more information please, contact Antoinette Webber Antoinette.Webber@nhs.net

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"The 'students in volunteering programme' has given the students at Havering Sixth Form College the rare opportunity to gain an insight into a hospital environment.  The process has been great and the volunteering services department at the hospital have even tailored the programme to the students interests, as much as possible.  This has included experience in range of departments, such as pathology.  I have noticed the students have grown in confidence and developed their soft skills which is crucial for their future career choice.  The programme has been structured in a way that encourages students to think about the needs of the patients, by being given the opportunity to create activities which will stimulate the patients and improve their hospital experience.  Overall, taking part in this experience will support the students applications to university and make their medical applications much stronger."