Volunteers

We have a growing number of volunteers at the Trust and we’d love for you to join us.

Your knowledge and skills will make a huge difference to our staff and service users, and in return we will help you develop new skills and gain experience in an area of interest to you. 

The pace at which you volunteer is determined by you in a relaxing and pressure free environment.

What volunteer roles do you have?

We have a range of volunteer opportunities for you to get involved in, including:

  • Gathering feedback on our wards
  • Gardening at G1 and Woodland View
  • Interview panels
  • Administration support
  • Training students
  • Carry out quality of experience surveys
  • Clinical Effectiveness Group representative
  • Service User Engagement Group (SUSEG) member
  • Carers Strategy Implementation Group 
  • Reducing Restrictive Practice project representative (national and local)

If there’s a project or a service you want to get involved with, just let us know and we’ll do our best to create a role for you. 

Who can volunteer?

There are opportunities for almost everyone, service users, carers, 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 six months or more.

What are the benefits of 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.  Our 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

We give our volunteers training, support, supervision and we take care of the cost of DBS checks too.  We do prefer you to commit at least two 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 then applied for a Band 6 position that became vacant in our department and now works for us a senior OT“.

“Our Volunteer is a valued member of our team. Nothing is too much trouble for her. She has a positive, friendly approach with our service users.”  Tracey Turner, Forest Lodge.

“Volunteers are invaluable to me and make a real contribution to the wellbeing of our residents here.” Anthony Sharp, Woodland View.

“Volunteers make a huge difference to my practice and I would like to accommodate more in the future.” Sam Dawson, Acute Rehabilitation Continuing Care.

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. If you can’t get through to Liz call 0114 2718807 or email the engagement team at engage@shsc.nhs.uk

Arrangements will be made for an informal meeting to discuss what you could share with a service user.

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.