Volunteer with us

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Becoming a volunteer at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust will enable you to help patients and their families within your community. Our volunteers love helping others, are understanding of our patients’ needs and are able to listen and talk to patients, carers and their families. There are many ways you can help, from chatting with patients over a hot drink, to helping patients participate in group activities which enhance their wellbeing, such as gardening or arts and crafts.

 For more information, contact volunteer@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

FAQs - Volunteers.pdf [pdf] 71KB


Current Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Expert by experience/peer support: Do you have experience with mental health, either lived experience or caring experience? Then we want to hear from you. Peer support is not easy, but the whole experience can prove to be positive and therapeutic. Sharing your story with our patients can give them hope, supporting their journey to recovery. This role will require you to be comfortable talking about your own experiences with mental health, whether or not you have used our services.
  • Volunteer Admin Support: Are you efficient and reliable? This may be the role for you. We need someone who can answer telephones, book and cancel appointments and put together paperwork. The role consists of general office duties, and if you are based in the reception you would greet patients and visitors. The busy admin team would be very grateful for your help.
  • Ward Roles: Are you compassionate and patient? If so, you are exactly what we need in a busy ward. You will be supporting staff to deliver the best care they can with an open-minded approach. One example is you could be a Dementia Friend. This role will involve supporting patients during meal times if they are unable to eat or drink alone, helping create a positive experience for patients while they access our services.
  • Activity Assistant: Do you have a particular interest or hobby you want to share? It could be gardening, sports, music or arts and crafts! We would love to have you help the patients build their confidence. If you have good communication skills and would be able to form a good rapport with patients and their relatives, we want to hear from you.
  • Coffee Shop Assistant: Are you a good communicator? Then you should look into this role. We need someone who has good people skills and has a welcoming and approachable personality. You would greet and serve customers in our coffee shops, so this would be good for you if like meeting new people and having a chat.     
  • Become a Governor: You don’t need special skills to become an effective governor – you need to be passionate about the NHS. The compelling issues are that you care about your local services; you wish to represent the views of local people in your community and help form the way our services develop and prosper in the future. Click here for more information.
  • Become a Member: Find out more here.


Our main locations are:

Caludon Centre, Coventry (Mental Health services)

St Michael’s Hospital, Warwick (Mental Health services)

Brooklands Hospital, Solihull (Learning Disabilities)

Woodloes House, Warwick (Mental Health services)

Manor Hospital, Nuneaton (Mental Health services)

 


How to apply

Starting your volunteering role is just three easy steps away:

1) Application form:

  • The most efficient way of applying is by visiting www.jobs.nhs.uk and completing an online form as all our roles are advertised there. This will enable you to track the stages of your application.
  • However, if you are unable to complete the application form on NHS jobs, please complete the application form below and return it to us by either email to: volunteer@covwarkpt.nhs.uk or by post to: Volunteer Service, The Caludon Centre, Clifford Bridge, Coventry CV2 2TE

Volunteers application form.docx [docx] 53KB
 

2) Interview/ Recruitment event: If we think we have a suitable placement for you, we will invite you to one of our Interviews / Recruitment Events held in various sites across the Trust. This is a chance for us to ask you some questions and find out more about you.


3) Clearances and training: If successful you will need to provide satisfactory clearances which can take up to three months before you can start your placement. Clearances include satisfactory references, Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS formerly known as a CRB check). Once cleared, you will be booked onto relevant training.

Please note that we have the right to refuse a voluntary placement.

 

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