Volunteering is generally considered an activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain "to benefit another person, group or organisation".
Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.
Health Education England has a role in supporting the development and the profile raising of volunteers and volunteering opportunities within health and social care. We have a role in encouraging excellent and committed individuals in seeking careers in the many health-related professions, the NHS employs and we can do this by promoting volunteering as a way of gaining vital professional experience.
Volunteering is the gateway for many young people, some of who would not necessarily have thought of joining the NHS in a professional capacity thinking medical, clinical and professional careers are barred to them or out of reach, to become our future workforce and our future leaders.
Volunteering in Yorkshire and Humber Hospital Trusts
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
We welcome people from all walks of life. If you are over 17 years old, you can apply to be a volunteer. We welcome enquiries from people in full time education or work, as we have evening and weekend opportunities. The trust works as an equal opportunities employer.
Care Plus Group
Care Plus Group is always looking to give opportunities for individuals who would like to Volunteer for the organisation. We currently have volunteers within our Collaborative Services, End of Life Service, Day Opportunities and Hope Street Team and thrive on the contribution of our volunteers who support our services.
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Our voluntary services department recruits individual volunteers and works with voluntary and community groups to support and enhance NHS services. Our service range includes mental health, learning disability, older people, palliative care, community hospitals, community based and inpatient facilities. Covering Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire the range of support from volunteers is vast.We have a variety of roles available such as:
- Complementary and beauty therapy
- Therapeutic group assistants (psychology, speech and language, therapy)
- Social group assistants (arts and crafts, baking, lunch groups, singing, music, fun and games)
- Gardening and allotments
- Drivers – minibus or using own car
Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Volunteering is an excellent opportunity, no matter what your age. It can provide younger people with an opportunity to gain some fantastic experience and develop skills that can be used in future workplaces. Volunteering with the Trust also offers older people the opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Our volunteers are part of the Mid Yorks team and play a crucial role in enhancing the experience of patients, carers, visitors and staff. They do this by performing a wide variety of tasks throughout the Trust to complement the work of our paid staff. Volunteers are currently placed in approximately 60 departments throughout the Trust. Although they do not perform any clinical roles, volunteers are able to get some hands on experience in a hospital environment and have a huge impact on our patient services and life in hospital.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Volunteers are a valuable part of our team. Working as a volunteer can give you new skills, you can find out about health care, meet new people and contribute to the community.
We recruit volunteers to work in clinical and non-clinical areas, to support and enhance the experience of our patients and visitors. These include:
- Mealtimes on wards
- Library trolley service
- Outpatient clinics
- Main entrance welcomers
- Macmillan cancer and health information support
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Trust currently has approximately 650 volunteers that fulfil a number of different roles on wards and departments. Among the opportunities on offer, we have welcomers on out-patients and main entrances, patient survey volunteers, coffee shop assistants, ward based roles and charity shops assistants. We are keen to recruit volunteers from all age groups. Working closely with schools, colleges and other groups within the community across Sheffield, we encourage people from the age of 16 to volunteer with us.
For more information, view the document below.