Volunteering at Solent NHS Trust
Our volunteers make a difference and they are an essential part of the Solent family.
They enthusiastically commit their time to help and support patients, visitors and staff in numerous different ways.
Solent Trust currently has over 140 volunteers who are actively involved around our communities and Trust sites.
We value our volunteers who are ordinary people doing amazing things.
They volunteer their gifts, time, knowledge and experiences in order to improve the care and quality of life for our patients.
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.
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.
We would love to hear about how your creative gift could be used to enhance the lives of the people using our services.
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 activities. Click 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.
Wellbeing Caller Volunteer - contacting 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 calls. Click here for more information.
Admin Volunteer - to support with administrative functions and enhance patient and staff experience by making an effective contribution to day to day running of service. Click 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 is a short application process to complete in order to become a volunteer here:
- Complete an application form - submit by email to our volunteer manager.
- Disclosure and Barring Service check
- Health Assessment Form
- Provide two references
- Interview – held over the phone or video call
If your application is successful and you join our wonderful family here at Solent NHS Trust, you will be given an introduction and training in the areas that you will be assisting.
What do our volunteers say?
Click on the images to read their stories.