Volunteer

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Making a difference

Our volunteers are amazing. From meeting and greeting to helping our patients eat, they’re a lovely, caring bunch from all walks of life who make sure our patients have the very best experience while in hospital.

Apply to become a volunteer

Our volunteers are great because they each bring their unique experience

Volunteering with us is incredibly rewarding and makes a huge difference to our patients and staff. With roles in public-facing areas, administration or even in the garden, we’ve got opportunities for everyone to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So if you’re over 16, want to make a difference to our patients and staff, and have some time to spare, why not join our brilliant army of volunteers?

We get lots of requests from awesome people like you, so your first-choice role might not be available straightaway. However, if we think you’ll fit in just fine in another team or area, we’ll let you know. Of course, we’ll tell you if your first choice becomes available!

A guide to volunteering 2018

Students in volunteering programme

Volunteering and work experience are very different, however, we recognise that if you are a student planning to study medicine nursing or midwifery, experience in a hospitals is vital and in some cases mandatory for a UCAS application.   As an organisation we want to welcome all sections of the community in supporting us, our services, staff and our patients. 

To encourage volunteering amongst young people we have lowered the age and now we accept volunteer applications 16 year olds.  We have also developed a new avenue for volunteering amongst young peoples and students.   Our Students in Volunteering Programme, is a formal agreement with local colleges and six form colleges, which allows students exposure in our hospitals. 

Each cohort of students is supported by a Volunteer Champion, who will support their early weeks after which we evaluate their experience with an aim to improve volunteering for all involved.

For more information please contact: Antoinette.Webber@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk

Volunteer champions

We understand that volunteers bring a huge benefit to our hospitals; they offer their time freely to support our patients and staff.  We also acknowledge that when volunteers join a ward it can be overwhelming, clinical staff are busy and are not always available to give a volunteer the level of support they need.  We have listened to feedback from staff and volunteers, and developed a Volunteer Champion initiative to support the ward staff and volunteer during the early weeks.

The premise is that Volunteer Champions are existing volunteers, preferably on wards or with ward experience.  They will join the new volunteer on their first few sessions, to show them the ropes and help them settle in.  We hope that this will both make the volunteer feel welcomed and valued, and relieve staff to focus on clinical work and patients.

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