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Volunteering

Volunteer picWe are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Ward Volunteer (Befriender) and Mealtimes Volunteer - Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Heart Institute, South Bristol Community Hospital

Would you like to spend time on a ward chatting with patients, keeping them company, and doing simple activities with them?  Our volunteers who help at mealtimes, in addition to befriending, serve meals, encourage patients to eat, and sometimes feed patients.

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • Aged 18 and over,
  • Able to listen as well as being able to chat, and have a genuine interest in people,
  • Be willing to approach patients and initiate conversations,
  • Encourage patients to take part in simple activities, such as Connect 4, or do reminiscence activities with them,
  • Available to volunteer on a weekly basis for much of the year, offering a minimum commitment of at least six months. 

Times for volunteering: for ward volunteers mornings or afternoons during the week; for mealtime volunteers it is lunchtime (12noon - 2pm) or evening meal (5.15pm - 6.30pm) during the week.  For both roles it is possible to volunteer at the weekend, but the training is only provided during the week.

Training for these roles: one day induction (held once per month during the week); two safeguarding sessions on a Wednesday; supervised visits to a ward.  For mealtime volunteers, there is an additional mealtime training session (one morning including lunchtime). 

Please see the role profiles before applying for this position and the application form

Playcentre Volunteer, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Do you have experience of children and would like to help make time in hospital a little bit easier for our younger patients or their siblings?

If you do, the Playcentre in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is looking for volunteers who are:

  • Aged 18 and over, 
  • Available to volunteer on a weekly basis for much of the year, and can offer several volunteering sessions during the school summer holidays.   Volunteers ideally need to be able to offer a minimum commitment of at least six months.

Times for volunteering are: Morning or afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Training for this role: one day induction (held once per month during the week); two safeguarding sessions on a Wednesday; supervised play session in the Playcentre.

Please see the  role profiles before  applying for this position and the  application form

'Meet & Greet' / Reception desk volunteers - Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute

Our 'Meet & Greet' volunteers, based in the main reception areas of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Eye Hospital, and Bristol Heart Institute, greet patients and visitors to the hospitals.  They are proactive in approaching people and helping them find their way to wards and clinics.  The volunteers will also escort patients and visitors to where they want to go.

We are looking for volunteers to join this team who are:

  • Willing to find where different wards and clinics are around the hospital,
  • To escort patients and visitors to where they want to go,
  • Be willing to approach people and initiate conversations,
  • Available to volunteer for a three or four hour session on a weekly basis for much of the year and ideally are able to offer a minimum commitment of at least six months.

Times for volunteering are: mornings and afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and afternoon on Friday.

Training for this role: one day induction (held once per month during the week); two safeguarding sessions on a Wednesday; supervised sessions in the reception area. 

Please see the  role profiles before  applying for this position and the  application form

Maternity unit tours volunteers - St Michael's Hospital

Would you like to be part of a team of volunteers who show new mums-to-be and their partners around the maternity unit at St Michael's?  This is an ideal volunteering opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in midwifery. 

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Reliable
  • Confident and able to speak in front of a group of about 16 people
  • Available Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm and Sunday afternoons 2pm - 4pm.

Training for this role: one day induction (held once per month during the week); two safeguarding sessions on a Wednesday; local department training.

Please see the  role profiles before  applying for this position and the  application form

Volunteer from home and support patients with dementia

Twiddlemuff knit

Do you, or does someone you know, enjoy knitting? We are looking for knitters to make Twiddle Squares and Twiddlemuffs for our patients with dementia. 

A Twiddle Square is a knitted aquare that can be joined with other knitted squares to make a Twiddle Blanket. The blankets benefit our dementia patients staying in hospital and then they can take home the blankets once they have been discharged. More information and the knit pattern can be found here.

A Twiddlemuff is a knitted muff with different textures and items attached which a patient with dementia can fiddle with while staying on our hospital wards and then take with them when they are discharged.  People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied.  A simple pattern for a Twiddlemuff, and where to bring your completed Twiddles, can be found here.

If you have any spare wool you would be willing to donate that would be much appreciated too.  

Current volunteers' newsletter

Volunteering with Above & Beyond

AbovAbove & Beyonde & 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 The Grand Appeal & Cots for Tots

 

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Volunteering W&G

 

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.

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

If you'd like to be added to our volunteering list to hear when we have opportunities to get involved with events, collections, merchandise stalls or office administration, please email  info@grandappeal.org.uk  telling us a little about yourself, your availability and the type of volunteering you are interested in.