Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in wishing to explore volunteering opportunities with Sheffield Heath and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC).  Volunteers provide a range of support to our service users which can make a considerable difference to their wellbeing.  The pace at which you work is determined by yourself in a relaxing and no-pressure environment.

Who can volunteer?

There are opportunities for almost everyone, service users, students, retired, young, employed or unemployed people who share our values and vision.  Some may use volunteering posts as a pathway into employment, some may use them for the experience, but all our volunteers have one thing in common and that is time on their hands which they are willing to give to help others for a period of 6 months or even more.

What can I give and receive from volunteering?

Volunteers can provide a high level of support  to service users, some of whom may be vulnerable people in our care, sharing their creative skills and inspiring the service users they are spending their time with.  SHSC medical staff are extremely dedicated to the care provided, however, volunteers can give “the icing on the cake” as one member of staff appropriately put it, enhancing the already superb service we provide.

Please find the most up to date information regarding how the volunteering process works for you in our Volunteering Leaflet.

Many of our volunteers feel a great sense of satisfaction, and one of them has given their permission for their experience to be shared.  Click on the link to learn what the volunteer had to say: A Volunteer’s Experience

SHSC gives our volunteers training, support, supervision and we take care of the cost of DBS checks too.  The Trust does prefer you to commit at least 2 hours of your valuable time on a weekly basis.

Here’s a quote from a manager regarding volunteering: “One person came to us as an Occupational Therapy (OT) volunteer who had taken a career break from her OT work in Neurology to raise a family.  She then required some volunteering experience to re-register as an OT when she wanted to return to work after her kids started school.  She approached us to gain some volunteering experience and than applied for a Band 6 position that became vacant in our department and now works for us a senior OT“.

What do I do next?

Contact Liz Walker, Volunteer Co-ordinator on (0114) 2716925 or email Liz.  Liz works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and is based at Fulwood House.

Arrangements will be made for an informal meeting to discuss what you could share with a service user.  Successful volunteers will be sent a pack to their home address with all the relevant forms that are to be filled in and returned to Liz Walker at Fulwood House, Old Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3TH.

We expect all our volunteers to complete the Volunteer Induction Day held at Fulwood House.  On the Volunteer Induction, not only will you receive valuable mandatory training, you will be given a copy of three policies, a handbook and have your photograph taken for your ID badge.  Safeguarding training for volunteers is held approximately one week later.  You will be entitled to use our training facilities.

Volunteering opportunities available

Elderly residential setting – Sheffield S14 and S35 areas

Residents live in a lovely environment with their own personal areas.  The managers are eager to support volunteers who can offer their assistance between the hours of 10:00 till 19:00, obviously they are not expecting any one person to do the full hours so have asked for a range of volunteers to help out during the busy day time.  This may involve reading with residents, doing an activity such as drawing, playing a game, craft work, coffee and chat, life story work, singing songs in group work etc.

Gardening projects

These projects have places available in several areas of Sheffield from designing to planting.  Some work requires an artist’s touch for that little bit of difference.

Administration/reception duties

Duties would involve basic office skills such as answering the telephone, meeting and greeting visitors, filing, printing, scanning and some basic computer skills for faxing etc.  Volunteers in some office roles may be offered a Trust e-mail account.

We are always seeking new opportunities for volunteering positions within the Trust, so if you can play an instrument, have any knowledge of floristry, have an interest in finance department or are able to product posters using computer software (e.g. PowerPoint, Excel etc.) you could be involved in opening that new opportunity.