Volunteering at NELFT


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Volunteers can help in a variety of roles from meeting and greeting visitors to coordinating activities for our patients, befriending, gardening, admin support and everything in between. Whether you are looking to gain skills and experience through volunteering that will support your career aspirations or you simply wish to fill your spare time by doing something meaningful to help others, if you have great people skills and a sense of commitment we would welcome you to apply.

“I volunteer because I feel it takes me out of my daily self-centred life.  I also feel truly blessed that I have been given so much in life and believe it's important to give back! Volunteering continuously teaches me something new about people, about compassion.  Especially helping others, it reminds me that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other! I have enjoyed my time volunteering at NELFT so much.   I have met amazing people, who have made me feel so welcome and I have learnt new skills too!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity" Joanna

"My experience of volunteer has been so rewarding and I felt so grateful to be able to help others. I had a lovely (2 metres away) chat with the client I was delivering shopping to which showed me the joy volunteering brings but also brings to myself. I felt so much joy and warmth, and was such a rewarding experience. To know I helped others helped me too. 

Receiving the feedback brings me so much joy. Can’t wait to volunteer again soon!" Loren

At present we only accept volunteers aged 18 years old or older.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Community Volunteer - Brentwood

 

 

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS - BRENTWOOD, ESSEX

 

We are looking to recruit a number of Community Volunteers to offer support to patients and the Community NHS team with their transition from inpatient wards at Brentwood Community Hospital back into a community setting by offering companionship, support, comfort and holistic support.  This is an excellent opportunity for any one wishing to contribute to their local community by supporting NHS staff in tasks such as :-

In order to enhance services and patient / visitor experience volunteering in this role would include the following tasks: 

  • Collecting medication / shopping
  • Patient escort between sites e.g. home to bus stop or local groups
  • Providing tasks to support clinical staff
  • Meet & Greet Patients at home
  • Escorting patients between appointments
  • Providing social prescribing function to support patients including reading letters / form filling for patients.
  • Talking to /Befriending patients to prevent loneliness including follow up visits.
  • Introductions to Befriending services for patients
  • Assisting with general household assistance e.g. freshen up home ready for patients return

 

Volunteer Role Description

Role Title:

Community Volunteer - Brentwood

Responsible to:

Frances Russell / Andrew Reed / Clair Fox / Delisa Aborchie-Harknett

Where:

 Community Based in Brentwood, Essex

When:

Days of the week: Flexible

Hours: Flexible

 

Please note: volunteering hours are not to exceed 6 hours per day and 3 days per week

Commitment:

Minimum of  [3 month] commitment is required

Role Tasks:

To offer support to patients and the Community NHS team with their transition from inpatient wards back into a community setting by offering companionship, support, comfort and holistic support.  

 

In order to enhance services for patients, volunteering in this role would include the following tasks:

  • Collecting medication / shopping
  • Patient escort between sites e.g. home to bus stop or local groups
  • Providing tasks to support clinical staff
  • Meet & Greet Patients at home
  • Escorting patients between appointments
  • Providing social prescribing function to support patients including reading letters / form filling for patients.
  • Talking to /Befriending patients to prevent loneliness including follow up visits.
  • Introductions to Befriending services for patients
  • Assisting with general household assistance e.g. freshen up home ready for patients return
  • Inputting Data
  • General Administration duties

Skills and Attributes Required:

  • Excellent listeners, gentle, patient, empathetic and calm
  • Emotionally strong with mature perspective on life.
  • Non-judgemental and set aside own moral and religious beliefs
  • Be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and protocols highlighted by the Voluntary Services team.
  • Adaptable and willing to learn
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Attend training and updates as required

Dress Code:

Smart Casual

What’s in it for you:

This role is for you if:

  • You can commit to a regular volunteering role for at least 3 months

We want our volunteers to have a good experience and so we commit to the following:

  • A thorough local induction
  • On-line training that will help enhance your CV
  • A supportive team working environment
  • References on completion of your volunteering    
  • Receive regular feedback and supervison

 

 

COVID-19 Guidance

 

 

  • In line with government advice volunteers must:
    • Be healthy, fit and well
    • Not be pregnant;
    • Not fall into one of the population groups that are considered to be more vulnerable to COVID-19
  • All volunteers must be made aware of the need to stop volunteering should they feel unwell and to follow the latest government and NHS advice for the public especially regarding COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Training, guidance and induction to be provided via e-learning or

virtual technology where possible

 

Support / Training

All new volunteers will receive a local induction and will be required to undertake mandatory training.

Expenses

Volunteers can claim expenses for mileage as per volunteer handbook 

Health and Safety, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities

Volunteers must abide by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust policies on Health & Safety, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities

 

Recruitment Process

Application Form

Interview

References

Occupational Health Check

DBS check         

Local  Induction / Mandatory training

Trial period

Contact Information

For more information regarding this role please contact:

Name: Ian Birrell-Tanner  

Email: Ian.birrell-tanner@nelft.nhs.uk

Tel: 0300 555 1201 Ext 52148

For general enquiries regarding volunteering with NELFT please contact Voluntary Services:

Email: Volunteer@nelft.nhs.uk

Tel: 0300 555 1201 Ext. 54458

 

 

NELFT Vision and Values

Our Values

To deliver the Best Care by the Best People.

 

For further information please use the following link:

About us | NELFT NHS Foundation Trust