Who Can Volunteer?
Volunteers play an important role in our Trust by providing non-clinical support to our healthcare professionals. Anyone over the age of 16 years can volunteer. If volunteering for mental health services you need to be 18.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and represent the diversity of the communities we serve. We welcome everyone to bring their experience to our volunteer services programme.
There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer, but becoming a volunteer allows you to:
- Gain experience and skills to further personal development
- Assist with career choices, particularly if thinking of a career in the NHS
- The opportunity to give something back
- Having volunteering experience is always useful for CV’s as it shows employers initiative.
How Soon Can Volunteers Start?
The vetting procedure usually takes four to six weeks to complete after the initial recruitment awareness session* and will include clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service, health checks and appropriate references.
How Much Time Do Volunteers Give?
As much time as you can spare. However, we suggest that between half to one day per week is a good starting point, depending on the type of voluntary work chosen.
Will Volunteers Be Out of Pocket?
We will reimburse a reasonable amount of travelling expenses and provide subsidised lunch if you volunteer for more than 4 hours and over the lunch period.
How Long Can a Volunteer Do Voluntary Work?
Obviously, we want you to stay with us as long as possible but a minimum of six months is desirable. When you have completed six months or more, we are normally happy to provide a reference for you for future college courses or employment, if required.
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* It can take several weeks before having an interview depending on demand for voluntary opportunities.