Volunteer visitor

You’ll meet a wide range of people as you move from ward to ward, interacting with individual patients. Often people just want someone to talk to, but you might be involved in playing a game or reading a book or magazine with a patient, shopping for small items from the concourse, or taking a patient to one of the garden spaces on site. Visitors also give out puzzles and crosswords to help patients to pass the time. Good communication skills, confidence and adaptability are important.

Times: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:30 – 16:30 and 17:30 – 20:00
Uniform: Red volunteer polo shirt

 

Pets as therapy (PAT) dogs

All our dogs have passed their temperament test and have received their certificate from Pets As Therapy – this must be achieved before the owner applies for volunteering. If you have a dog you think may be suitable, please ensure your dog completes all the requirements and is fully qualified in their PAT dog role before applying to volunteer. You’ll find all the information you need here.  We are always looking for new dogs to join our team as the PAT dogs are very popular and much in demand!

Times: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:30 – 16:30
Uniform: Red volunteer polo shirt OR PAT polo shirt

Ward volunteer

Our volunteers assist the ward staff to help make the patients’ mealtimes as enjoyable as possible. Many older patients are at high risk of dehydration and malnutrition, and volunteers can make a huge impact on this important aspect of patient well-being. Some older patients are coping with dementia and memory problems so a willingness to train in dementia awareness is important, with further training available to those who develop an interest in helping our older patients. Ward volunteers are confident communicators, tactful listeners, keen observers, and emotionally resilient.

Times: 10:30 – 13:30 and 16:30 – 18:30
Uniform: Red volunteer apron

 
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