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Voluntary Services at Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT

Be a volunteer

 

Update about the Coronavirus and Volunteering:

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in supporting the Trust as a volunteer. We’ve had an huge amount of interest recently and are currently working through these expressions of interest. Where we receive a large number of applications, we will suspend taking on any more volunteers until we have processed these. We hope to do this as quickly as possible so we can respond to everyone’s application. Please check https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ (search for volunteer in Ashton-Under-Lyne / Glossop) to check when we have re-opened our volunteer advert. Alternatively give our voluntary services department a call on 0161 922 5335 to find out more.

 

How to become a volunteer 

Volunteers make a unique and valuable contribution to patients, carers, visitors and staff at our Trust and have done for many years.

We have a variety of volunteering roles all with the aim of helping patients and staff to have the best experience they can. All you need to do is contact voluntary services and discuss what role may be suitable for you. You can get in touch by using the contact details below,or completing the application form and sending it back to us or by filling our online form

Who can become a volunteer?

Anyone can become a volunteer as long as you are at least 17 years, and friendly and kind and have a genuine desire to make a difference. Once we have received your application form we will invite you in for an informal chat to talk about the variety of roles and what you might like to do.

All we ask is that you are reliable and are able to commit around three to four hours a week for at least three months. If you are not able to offer this time don't worry just give us a call and we can discuss other opportunities such as fundraising.

 

Why volunteer?

As well as having a positive impact on healthcare services volunteering can significantly benefit individuals who choose to give up their time to help others. There are lots of reasons why you might want to volunteer including:

  • 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

Volunteering Roles

Be a volunteer

There are a number of ways in which you can help the Trust as a volunteer, some of the roles include:

  • Response Volunteers - Volunteers will work across the whole Trust to support the staff and patients and will respond to calls for where they are most needed. This will help to enable the smooth running of the various areas and enhance the patient experience.
  • 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.

How to apply

 If you live in the Tameside and Glossop area and would like to volunteer for us there are a couple of ways to do this. All you need to do is contact voluntary services and discuss what role may be suitable for you. You can get in touch by using the contact details below,or completing the application form and sending it back to us or by filling our online form

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an informal chat where we can discuss what volunteering role options are available.

 

Top tips for your application

 

Referees - The two references submitted will be taken up as soon as possible in order to minimise delays in the recruitment process. We advise that prospective volunteers inform their referees early to avoid delays. Please ensure that your referees have known you for at least two years, are not related to you and must not live at the same address as you. Examples of referees might include a teacher, a colleague or someone you know in the community.

 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check - You will be asked to fill out a DBS (Police Check) form online.

 

Occupational Health check - You will submit a health form and may need to have your immunisations updated. If you can provide documentary evidence of your vaccinations this will speed up the process considerably. If you are under 25 years of age you can ring Tameside Health Records on 0161 304 5470 or alternatively email GMSS.tgchildhealthinformation@nhs.net

 

Mandatory training - We will ask you to choose a training date which best suits your availability. These are organised on a monthly basis, and you will be provided with list of dates and details of how to book onto the training when you come in to see us. 

 

Induction - At your induction we will talk you through the policies of the Trust and, following this, if all of your training and vaccinations are in place, you will be ready to begin your volunteering duties.

Benefits of being a volunteer

There are lots of benefits associated with being a 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
  • Confidence
  • Friendship
  • 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 Trust 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

http://www.do-it.org.uk/ - The Do It Org website

https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/ - Action Together

http://www.volunteering.org.uk/ - Volunteering England

Can you afford to give a few hours of your time? If the answer is yes, please contact the office below or print off the application form  and send it back to us at.

Voluntary Services Contact Details

Voluntary Services Department
Portland Building
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Fountain Street
Ashton-Under-Lyne
Tameside
OL6 9RW

Phone: 0161-922-5335
Email: voluntaryservices@tgh.nhs.uk