! Volunteering with us ... what to expect

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us here at Hinchingbrooke Hospital J

 

To give more detail,  it can take up to 4 weeks to become a Volunteer with us and we work hard to ensure that we find the right role for you so that you get the best possible experience out of your time Volunteering with us.  We have Volunteer Role Outlines for each post which provides clarity of the duties to be undertaken and the boundaries to work within, meaning the needs of the Wards and Departments are met and that our Volunteers are all able to work safely and effectively

 

The process begins with the Application Form; which is completed on-line; and is followed by an Informal Interview.  The Informal Interview is an opportunity to meet and discuss the type of volunteering you feel you would enjoy most and get the best out of, and once we have established the type of Volunteer Role most appropriate for you, we will endeavour to fit you within that Team

 

You will be given a Recruitment Pack containing documentation to complete and we shall  request 2 references and carry out a DBS Check which will be paid for by ourselves (Disclosure Barring Service - formally CRB) as you will be Volunteering in an establishment containing vulnerable adults and children

 

New Volunteers are then required to attend the Volunteer Induction Training before starting  which is delivered by ourselves.  This training takes around 4 hours and covers everything you need to know about being a Hospital Volunteer and here you will receive your Welcome Pack consisting of your Volunteer Uniform, Car Parking Permit and ID Badge.  Volunteers are reimbursed their travelling expenses (to a maximum of 40 miles), are entitled to free on-site parking and receive a complimentary meal during their 4 hour shift by way of a thank-you for donating their time

 

You will then begin your Volunteering and we will allocate you a "Volunteer Buddy" who will train you in your role - no Volunteer will ever be expected to take up their own shift until they feel they have had sufficient training

 

As a guide, our Volunteers come in on regular days and hours; each shift averaging around 4 hours; which gives consistency of service throughout the Trust, and each and every one of our Volunteers are truly respected, appreciated and valued

 

As your Volunteer Coordinator, I am here to help, support and develop you along the way and will work with you to ensure you get the best possible experience you can from your Volunteering with us

 

I hope this gives you a feel for what volunteering at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is like and I very much look forward to receiving your application!

 

Yours in Volunteering …

Jo

 

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Jo Travers

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Volunteer Service Coordinator

 

Email: jo.travers@nhs.net

 

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