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Do you have some spare time and want to give something back to your local community? Are you considering a career in healthcare but not sure which area? Do you want to do something that benefits others?

If the answer is yes to any of the above have you considered volunteering a few hours a week for NSCP?

We have teamed up with Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS), who are very experienced at supporting VANS logo.jpgvolunteers. Between us we are developing a whole range of volunteering opportunities within NSCP.

Why should I volunteer for NSCP?

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community and aside from the obvious feel-good factor from giving your time to a worthy cause, it has a number of key benefits for you too -

  • Make a difference: Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
  • Be part of a community: Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
  • Learn new skills: Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
  • Meet people: volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
  • Take on a challenge: Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
  • Gain confidence: Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
  • Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it. 

“I have been a volunteer since 2015, serving refreshments in the Little Teapot Cafe for patients and carers. It is one of the best things I've done since I retired!” Peter, NSCP volunteer at North Somerset Community Hospital in Clevedon.

What is the benefit for our patients and staff?

Volunteers bring those little extras that make all the difference to patients. They enhance patient care and support our patients’ wider social needs.

The extra support provided by our volunteers is essential to the successful running of our services, and vastly improves our patients’ experiences

Volunteers play a huge role in helping patients understand how to access other services which may benefit them at home or offer an opportunity for increased social interaction such as meeting people at coffee mornings run by local voluntary organisations.

We are very proud of all our volunteers and of the contribution each and every volunteer makes in supporting patient services. 

What can I expect from my volunteering role?

  • Support from our dedicated volunteer coordinator: We have teamed up with VANS who are very experienced at supporting volunteers and they will help you with everything you need, from finding the right role, arranging induction training and providing you with support.
  • Free training courses on topics like diversity, safeguarding, health and safety, moving and handling, confidentiality and more. These will help build your confidence in your role and will also help your CV stand out from the crowd.
  • Flexible hours that suit you can shape your role in a way that suits you. Some roles can be done from home, in the evenings or the weekends, and some will be near your home so you don’t have to travel far.
  • A wide range of different roles to choose from which suit your interests, skills and personality.
  • Connection to a network of lots of other like-minded NSCP volunteers who will support and encourage you and share their experiences.
  • Paid expenses, including travel costs.

Who can volunteer?

Absolutely anyone aged 18 and above is welcome to volunteer for us, whether you are retired, still in work, studying or not working. You don’t need lots of recent work experience, but you will need to be friendly, respectful, reliable, a good communicator and able to commit to your role for a minimum of six months.

Our Volunteering Opportunities

Below are just some of the volunteering opportunities we currently offer:

  • Hospital Volunteers: a range of opportunities supporting patients at North Somerset Community Hospital.
  • Discharge Buddies: supporting patients to re-engage with their communities following discharge from North Somerset Community Hospital or our Community Services.
  • Patient Experience Coordinator & Auditors: Collecting patient feedback to support continued service development.
  • Administration Volunteers: supporting clinicians with administration work so the clinicians can spend more time with patients.
  • Exercise Buddies: supporting patients with lung conditions to access a six week exercise programme run by our Pulmonary Rehab Team. 
  • Nutritional support – working with our dietitians to support patients to shop for and eat healthy balanced meals.

“I meet patients in their own homes a few weeks after they have been discharged to talk about their experience in hospital and any suggestions they may have to improve the service. I meet very interesting people and find these visits extremely rewarding!" Nicky, NSCP volunteer

How to become a NSCP volunteer

If you are aged over 18, have time to spare and want to make a difference for people with health needs, we’re keen to hear from you. To express an interest in becoming a volunteer, or for further information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at VANS on 01934 416486/07950 228227 or email nscpvolunteercoordinator@vansmail.org.uk

The safety and wellbeing of all of our patients is our priority, therefore all our volunteers are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service and asked to provide us with two references.