If you want to put your free time to good use, volunteer for us.Get in touch about volunteering
We serve a population of nearly 600,000 people across Hampshire and West Berkshire and we rely on a team of wonderful volunteers to assist us in our work. We currently have more than 500 volunteers working across our three hospitals, in the Countess of Brecknock Hospice and in the community. We are grateful to each one of them for helping us to give our patients the best possible experience. From directing people around our facilities to delivering newspapers on the wards and keeping patients’ spirits up with a beside chat, our volunteers are making a huge difference, every day. If you would like to be welcomed into our friendly team, and spend your free time helping others, we would love to hear from you.
Volunteering is an opportunity to make a difference, to give something back and enjoy new experiences. People volunteer for a variety of reasons, including:
Wanting to make a difference by helping others
Supporting their local hospital
Meeting new people and being part of a team
Using and developing their skills and experience
Meet and greet in outpatients/reception
Assisting at meal times on the wards
Helping patients find information about illnesses, treatment or support at the Health Information Point
Maternity/birthing unit support
Patient visiting/ befriending
Hospice day care / ward /reception
Cardiac rehabilitation programme
Audiology /hearing aid clinic
Befriending in the hospital and community
‘Get up and go’ mobility volunteers
‘End of Life’ ward volunteers
Our volunteer force is as diverse as the patients we care for. Our volunteers are aged from 17 upwards, with a variety of skills and experience. The image shows our catchment area.
Although we are very flexible, volunteers need to be able to commit to two to three hours a week for a minimum of six months. You will need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview.
Volunteers are required to provide references, complete basic health checks and undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Volunteers are also required to complete an induction programme and undertake any additional training as required for the role.
Volunteers under 18 years must have the written permission of a parent/guardian.
Volunteering is not the same as work experience and does not include shadowing, clinical observations or short-term placements. If you are interested in work experience please visit our Work Experience page.
Compassion, caring about our patients and our staff
Accountable and responsible, always improving
Respect for all colleagues, patients and their families
Encouraging and challenging each other to always do our best