Volunteer with us

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Becoming a volunteer 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. Whether you want to volunteer in Coventry, Nuneaton, Warwick or Solihull we want to hear from you.

For more information, contact us or read our frequently asked questions: FAQs - Volunteers.pdf [pdf] 71KB


How can I help? 
 

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, vol 2whether 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 Assistantvol 3
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.     

Chaplaincy Service
The hospital chaplaincy team provides a confidential service offering spiritual and pastoral care and religious support for patients, their relatives and staff across the Trust. The team is made up of experienced health care chaplains from the main Christian faiths as well as visiting chaplains from the Muslim, Sikh and Quaker faiths. We also have trained volunteers, known as chaplaincy visitors, who spend time on the wards visiting patients. vol 4Chaplains seek to support patients and staff of all faiths as well as those who have no faith or religious belief.

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.

 


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 available 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 contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

2) Interview/ Recruitment event: If we think we have a suitable placement for you, we will invite you for an interview.

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.


Benefits of volunteering