Our number of volunteers is ever growing – would you like to join us? Your knowledge and skills will make a huge difference and in return we will help you develop new skills and gain experience in an area of interest to you. 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 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 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.