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We are currently recruiting for two volunteering roles within University Hospitals Bristol. 

How to apply: You will find the application form here

Current volunteers' newsletter   

Would you like to make a difference to a patient's visit to, or stay in, hospital?  Do you enjoy being around people, and helping them?  If you have some spare time on a regular basis we'd love to hear from you.  Some of our volunteering opportunities are just for one or two hours each week.

Please have a look below at the volunteering opportunities we are currently recruiting to:

 

 

Ward volunteers - spending time with patients, either on a ward with patients who have had a stroke; or on care of the elderly wards.  We try and match volunteers to a specific ward so you become part of the ward team.

  • Do you enjoying spending time with people, chatting to them, and helping them with simple activities such as board games, looking through books, reading newspapers?
  • Do you have, and can demonstrate, patience and compassion?
  • Can you chat about lots of different topics, but are also very good at listening, and providing reassurance?
  • If you are available for volunteering around mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, supper) are you willing to undergo training to help patients with their meals? 
  • Could you offer a regular volunteering time, ideally weekly for at least six months?  Times available for volunteering are daytime / evenings / weekends.  (Training is provided which will be on weekdays, day time hours).  Some volunteers come in for a couple of hours such as 10am - 12noon, or in the afternoon and spend time with patients; others come in for an hour over mealtimes; or come in during the evening. 

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about the general tasks for a volunteer on a ward looking after elderly patients.

Wayfinders / Meet & Greet volunteers - welcoming patients and visitors to the Trust's hospitals, helping them to find where they need to go, and escorting them when necessary.

  • Are you happy to approach people and see if they need help finding their way around the hospitals?
  • Are you willing to escort patients around the hospitals if they would like to be accompanied?
  • Could you offer a regular volunteering time, ideally weekly for at least six months?
  • Times available for volunteering are daytime hours during the week - we are particularly looking for people who can help on a Wednesday or Thursday, or in the afternoons.  Morning sessions are 8.30am - 12.30pm; afternoon sessions are 12.30pm - 4.30pm (but there can be some flexibility).
  • Volunteers wear a sash with the word volunteer on so they can be easily identified by patients and visitors.
  • Training is provided which will be on weekdays, day time hours.

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about this role.

Maternity unit volunteers - leading tours of the unit for new mums-to-be and their partners.

  • Are you confident in talking to a group of people; or are you willing to gain this experience?
  • Do you have a genuine interest in midwifery?
  • Can you follow a script to ensure all those on the tours are told the same information, but also willing to find out the answers to questions which are not often asked?
  • Are you available on a Wednesday evening 7pm - 9pm and a Sunday afternoon 2pm - 4pm when the tours take place?  Volunteers sign up to a rota each month and most volunteers do one or two tours per month. 
  • Training is provided, some of which will be on weekdays, day time hours.

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about this role.

Administration and Clerical volunteers- at present we do not have any requirement for volunteers in these areas.  Please do keep checking this website, as any roles will be advertised here.

Please note we are not currently accepting applications for any other volunteering roles.

Volunteering with Above & Beyond

 Above & BeyondAbove & Beyond is your hospital's charity. Their volunteers mean they can achieve so much more in our hospitals. Some do it because they have a personal link with us, whilst others just want to help. Whoever they are, they help with anything from office administration to marshalling at fundraising events, or making use of their own special skills to raise funds out in the community. Every one of them gives their time and energy freely and Above & Beyond couldn't manage without them.  A couple of hours a week - once a month - you can choose when you want to help out, so if you want to join a friendly team doing amazing things for our hospitals contact Toni Collier on 0117 3700 486 or email hello@aboveandbeyond.org.uk.  You can find out more about us on our website.

Volunteering with Cots for Tots

The Cots for Tots Appeal is the charity for the South West region's Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol. The appeal is part of the Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal fundraising family.

The Cots for Tots Appeal raises funds to support the world-class work of the unit's staff, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from Bristol, Bath, the South West of England and South Wales and to entirely fund the running costs of Cots for Tots House which provides free accommodation for parents. Volunteering Tots for Cots

Volunteers are such an important part of our team and we couldn't do what we do without them.

There are opportunities to get involved no matter where your skills lie or whatever you enjoy doing. You could lend a hand at one of our many events, at a bucket collection, on our merchandise stalls, help out with office administration or use your skills to help raise funds within your community.

Whether you've got a spare day each week or just a couple of hours, you could make a huge difference to the Cots for Tots Appeal.

If you're interested in volunteering opportunities with the Cots for Tots Appeal please call Hannah on 0117 927 3888 or email hannah@grandappeal.org.uk. You can find out more about us on our website.

Volunteering with The Grand Appeal 

Bristol Charity, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal is the only charity fundraising exclusively for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St Michael's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit) at St Michael's Hospital.

The Grand Appeal was established in 1995 and has since raised over £27 million to support a wide range of life-saving medical equipment, patient comforts and a programme of arts, music, education and play facilities.Volunteering W&G

Volunteers are such an important part of our team and we couldn't do what we do without them.There are opportunities to get involved no matter where your skills lie or whatever you enjoy doing. You could lend a hand at one of our many events, at a bucket collection, on our merchandise stalls, help out with office administration or use your skills to help raise funds within your community.

Whether you've got a spare day each week or just a couple of hours, you could make a huge difference to the Grand Appeal.

If you're interested in volunteering opportunities with the Grand Appeal please call Hannah on 0117 927 3888 or email hannah@grandappeal.org.uk. You can find out more about us on our website.

Please see our current Volunteers' Newsletter.