Our 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.
We are very proud of all our volunteers and of the contribution each and every volunteer makes in supporting patient services.
They also 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 pleased to offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities, whether you are looking to develop new skills or simply wanting to give something back to the community.
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.
Here are some reasons to volunteer:
- 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!”
Our Volunteering Opportunities
We give all our volunteers full training, appropriate to the role you choose. Some of the volunteering opportunities we currently offer are:
- Hospital Volunteers: supporting patients on the wards at North Somerset Community Hospital. You can help with the little things that make all the difference to a patient’s stay. You can provide time to sit and chat, enabling patients to remain in touch with their community. Hospital volunteers can also support the portering, hospitality and other services which help staff to keep things running smoothly for patients at the hospital.
- The Little Teapot Café: supporting patients and carers by serving refreshments in the grounds of North Somerset Community Hospital and helping to create a friendly and welcoming environment. Read the volunteer role description for The Little Teapot here.
- Hand Massage Volunteers: sometimes patients with long-term health conditions become anxious which may mean they're less able to cope with their condition(s). Hand Massage Volunteers visit patients regularly and give them a hand massage which engages them and helps reduce their anxiety levels.
- Discharge Buddies: supporting patients to reengage with their communities following discharge from North Somerset Community Hospital or our Community Services.
- Nutritional Assistants: supporting patients who are newly diagnosed or who have lost a carer to manage their diet and nutritional needs.
- Patient Experience Auditors: Collecting patient feedback to support continued service development.
- Community Service Auditors: collecting feedback from patients and community organisations about service improvement, needs and quality.
- Administration Volunteers: supporting clinicians with administration work so they can spend more time with patients.
“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!"
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. The volunteer application form can be found here.
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.
To express an interest in becoming a volunteer, or for further information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Pike on 01934 416486/07535 321610 or email: email@example.com