"Volunteers provide an added dimension to the support and care of mothers and babies. The contribution that volunteers make within the clinical environment enhances the overall delivery of care" As spoken by Matron, Special care Baby Unit, RVI.
The Newcastle Hospitals Trust values the involvement of local people as volunteers in activities that enhance the patient, visitor and carer experience, and also support staff in delivering high quality health care.
Your offer of voluntary help is very much appreciated, and you will receive a warm welcome no matter which area of volunteering you choose.
Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to deliver the 'outstanding' care and service that we do today.
#IWILL YOUTH CAMPAIGN
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has made a pledge to the #Iwill campaign, that it will give young people living within our communities the opportunity to take part in volunteering within our hospitals. We do this by working with local schools and colleges to increase accessibility, particularly for underprivileged young people, and to place students in volunteer roles which will enable them to grow in confidence and ambition. For more information visit #Iwill Campaign
Frequently asked questions
What volunteer roles do you offer?
There are a variety of volunteer roles here at the Trust ranging from direct patient support to helping out in administration and support services. Here is an example of some of our roles:
- Administration Support
- Activities and Companionship support
- Childrens Theatre Support
- Dementia and Carer Support
- Emergency Department Support
- Events & Projects Support
- Macmillan Centre Information Centre Support
- Mealtime Support
- Meet and Greet Volunteer
- Paediatric Physiotherapy Group Support
- Patient Group Support
- Patient Survey
- Play Support Volunteer
- Pop-Up Shop Volunteer
- Postnatal Ward Support
- Speech & Language Therapy Unit Support
- Story Teller
- Trolley Run
And many more…..
What kind of commitment will you need from me?
As a volunteer there are no obligations and you are free to take on as much or as little volunteer tasks as you wish, all that we ask is that you commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.
Who can apply?
If you are aged 16 or over you are eligible to become a volunteer. We are always looking for motivated people who have time to give support to the Trust in a number of areas.
Why do I need to complete an application form?
It is a requirement of the NHS that you complete an application form for us to obtain your details and also to ensure that we match you with an appropriate volunteering role.
Why do I have to have employment checks?
Due to the nature of volunteering in the NHS we need to undertake employment checks on anyone working, paid or unpaid, on our premises in order to protect patients and staff.
I have not worked before – who can supply my references?
We require two references from individuals who have known you for at least three years. These can be from employers, but if you have not recently been employed these can be from other sources such as teacher or tutor, religious or cultural leader, case worker, community or social worker or family doctor. Friends, close relatives and family friends are not permissible and will not be accepted. We must have two references and they must cover at least a three year period. If you are unable to provide two references, or they do not cover three years we will be unable to accept your application.
Why do I need a health check?
It is important for us to establish that you are fit to undertake the role you are volunteering for and to identify if any modifications are required to assist you to undertake the role.
How long does the application process take?
Due to the increasing popularity of volunteering, and particularly within hospitals, it can take at least three months for applications to work their way through the process.
To become a volunteer you need to complete an application form, and we will then ask for references. You will also be required to come for a short informal interview, complete a health declaration form, and a DBS check. You will be asked to bring to the interview an original ID documentation for the completion of your DBS check - copies will then be taken and originals handed back at the interview. Once all of your checks are received and your references have been approved you will be invited to attend a Trust induction day and given a start date.
Have you ever thought about being a trustee for a local charity? It can be a great opportunity for you to put something back into a cause you believe in, help an organisation with your professional knowledge and expertise and also provide you with development opportunities.
There are several local infrastructure organisations that promote trustee opportunities:
- For Newcastle CVS https://www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk/jobs/trustee-vacancies
- For North Tyneside VODA https://voda.org.uk/volunteering
- For Northumberland CVS www.northumberlandcva.org.uk/volunteering
- For the North East VONNE https://www.vonne.org.uk/jobs
- For the Volunteer Centre Newcastle https://volunteercentrenewcastle.org.uk/volunteer/activityhome