Voluntary Services at Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tameside Hospital.
We have a variety of volunteering roles all with the aim of helping the patients and visitors time here a bit easier. If the Voluntary Services team select you to be a new Tameside Hospital Volunteer, we will welcome you into a suitable role.
Our volunteers do not undertake duties which might replace paid employees, but rather free up the time of paid staff and greatly enhance the patients’ experience of the hospital by welcoming them and making them feel at ease.
What do we look for in our volunteers?
To be friendly, kind , reliable and have a genuine desire to make a difference to our patients and their families. We expect volunteers to commit to a regular weekly volunteering session and to volunteer at least 50 hours (e.g. A weekly 4 hour session over 6 months).
To be aged 17 and over to work on our hospital wards and 18 or over ????
- To gain experience in healthcare
- To help gain entrance into university
- To take a first step towards preparation for employment or return to work
- To keep busy and do something rewarding and useful when you finish working
- To meet new people and make new friends
- To help with recovery after illness or bereavement
- To give something back
- To learn new skills
- To have lots of fun
“Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.” - Sherry Anderson
There are a number of ways in which you can help the Trust as a volunteer, some of the roles include:
- Ward Duties - -Tasks vary depending on the ward and types of patients but activities include assisting with practical tasks such as helping patients to fill in menu forms, taking round the drinks trolley, helping to make beds, chatting to patients, and administrative tasks. If you volunteer around mealtimes, you can help serve the trays of food to the patients.
- Mobility scooters—Transporting patients who attend their outpatients appointment and who have difficulty walking within the Hospital on Mobility Scooters.Befrienders and Social Activity volunteers - Volunteers help on a variety of wards, particularly those for older patients. Volunteers spend time with patients talking, providing reassurance and company for those who may be lonely and confused, making them a drink and doing activities with them such as playing board games or reading a paper to them.
- The Health Information Centre - The centre provides a free health information service which includes booklets on all key health conditions. Patients who have diagnosed health conditions may request further information from the centre.
- Hospital reception / "Meeters and Greeters" - Volunteers provide a friendly welcome to our hospitals, helping patients and visitors find their way, and can accompany them to their destination.
- Host/Hostesses for Out-patients - In various clinics, volunteers provide a friendly welcome to the clinic and check patients are in the right area.
- Dining Companions - Volunteers help on a variety of wards, particularly those for older patients. Some patients need additional support at mealtimes, including encouragement to eat, cutting up food, and for some feeding those patients who have a healthy swallow.
Benefits of being a volunteer
For the volunteer, Voluntary work can provide:
- Something worthwhile to do
- A sense of belonging
- A sense of sharing
- A chance to feel valued
- A way of learning new skills, or activating old ones
- Personal development
- A useful experience towards a training course or career
- Help with career choice
For the patient/client, the volunteer can provide:
- Someone to talk to on an informal basis
- Flexibility and time
- A variety of skills and life experience
- A link with the local community
- Individual attention
- A "helping hand"
For the Hospital the volunteer can provide:
- An added dimension of care
- A quality service
- Link with the community
- Assist in public relations
List of useful Voluntary Organisations
Voluntary Services Contact Details
Voluntary Services Department
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust