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Volunteering at Solent NHS Trust

Our volunteers make a difference and they are an essential part of the Solent family.

They commit their time to help and support patients, visitors and staff without hesitation, in numerous different ways.

Solent NHS Trust currently has over 140 volunteers who are actively involved around our communities and Trust sites.

They offer their gifts, time, knowledge and experiences in order to improve the care and quality of life for our patients and we value these ‘ordinary’ people, who are doing amazing things.

We provide community and mental health services across Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The services provided by the Trust include school nursing, health visiting, adult mental health, older person rehabilitation, physiotherapy and district nursing. Whilst doing this work, staff meet people throughout their lifespan from cradle to end of life.

You can find out more about what our services do here. 

Volunteering brings huge value to the NHS and improves existing services and the experiences of people who use services.

Volunteering is an activity that involves spending unpaid time doing something that is beneficial to others. Volunteering is also a great way to meet people, make friends, learn skills, gain in confidence and, most importantly, the chance to make a direct difference to people's lives.

There is a range of volunteering roles and opportunities with us here at Solent NHS Trust. Below are some of the roles that we have identified. However, if you have gifts, time, knowledge and experience that you wish to share with us – please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

For those of you that might possess creative skills such as: singing, dancing, art, story-telling, playing an instrument, exercising or even skateboarding please get in touch.

We would love to hear about how your creative gift could be used to enhance the lives of the people using our services.

Lead Volunteer - a varied role supporting an amazing group of volunteers, assisting with the day-to-day support of our front-line staff with non-clinical activities. Click here for more information.

Ward Buddy/ Befriender Volunteer - to help us enhance the ward environment and experience for our patients by providing social support on a day to day basis, engage in conversations, encourage and support patients in activitiesClick here for more information.        

Mealtime Support Volunteer - to provide support on the wards at mealtime, ensuring patients receive the correct food and assist with opening packages and engage in conversations and encourage patients. Click here for more information.  

Driver Volunteer (Patient/Staff) – to support all areas transporting of patients and/or staff to ensure efficient use of time and resources. Click here for more information. 

Driver Volunteer (Equipment/Supplies) – to support all areas deliveries or transporting of equipment and/or supplies to ensure efficient use of time and resources. Click here for more information. 

Wellbeing Caller Volunteercontacting individuals at home to make sure they are ok. The overall aim is that all our patients are healthy, safe, and independent at, or close to, home. Click here for more information.

Keeping in Touch Volunteer -to support patients to keep in touch with their loved ones by helping them to make and keep contact – electronically, writing letters, setting up video or phone callsClick here for more information.

Admin Volunteerto support with administrative functions and enhance patient and staff experience by making an effective contribution to day to day running of serviceClick here for more information.

In order to be considered for one of our volunteer roles you should be:

  • Over 16 years of age
  • Have good communication skills
  • Ideally be able to commit to a minimum of six months service – however we fully understand that life can change and so we just ask that you keep us informed


There are a few steps to complete to become a volunteer:

  1. Complete an application form – you can do this electronically and email it to us or you can call 0300 123 4013 and ask for a paper copy. We have an Easy Read version which you can complete and email it to us or do on paper. The Easy Read version also includes points 2,3 and 4 below.
  2. Disclosure and Barring Service check
  3. Health Assessment form
  4. You will need to provide 2 references
  5. You will have an interview on the phone or by video link.

If we offer you a volunteer role you will join our wonderful Solent NHS Trust team. You will have an induction session and training for your role.

If you would like the application form in another format, please contact: or call 0300 123 4013

What do our volunteers say?

Click on the images to read their stories.