The following roles are currently available. If you are interested in any of these roles please contact: Andrea.ledger@ydh.nhs.uk for more information or download an Volunteer application form.

This role provides company for patients, assists running errands, supports staff over mealtimes, provides information on hospital services to both patients and visitors. Variety of wards and sessions available. To view the role description please click here.

This role assist and support staff to improve the lives of people living with dementia. They will be able to spend time with patients during their inpatient stay, enhancing their experience of being in hospital. The volunteer’s role is about giving the patients some stimulation within the hospital environment. Whilst there are no specific qualifications required for this post, the volunteer will need to possess skills of empathy, patience and understanding. This role requires flexibility for further training. Dementia volunteers can also take part in tea rounds and assist to take patients to the dementia garden. Variable sessions available. To view the role description please click here.

ED is a very busy area. Generally, you are required to volunteer in another area before moving to ED. This role requires further moving and handling training and food hygiene level one. This role supports staff, patients and visitors offering and serving refreshments and assisting with mealtimes. They also provide information and non-clinical support to patients and visitors. Run errands and accompany appropriate patients to other hospital departments. Evening 5–8 and weekend sessions available. To view the role description please click here.

This role requires a volunteer in this small unit who likes to listen and talk to patients whilst waiting for their assessments to be carried out.

You need to be a confident motor cyclist to take on this important role. Freewheelers are fully trained to advanced standards enabling them to provide an out of hours’ motorcycle service for urgent medical supplies both locally and occasionally nationally. To find out more please go to our webpage: http://www.yeovil-freewheelers.co.uk/

Additional help is always required in the hospital shop and to take a trolley around the wards – weekdays, evenings and weekends. Available sessions will need confirming with the Friends Shop Manager. To view the role description please click here.

This role requires you to be assertive, compassionate and caring and supportive to families and friends of patients. The sessions can vary from being very quiet to extremely busy. Evenings 4pm-7pm and some weekend sessions available. To view the role description please click here.

This role is not within the Trust though still within Yeovil. If you have skills in and are interested in filing and scanning we have a Thursday morning available in this area.

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This role supports patients with cognitive problems over meal times. This volunteer requires flexibility for further training sessions. A variety of sessions are available. To view the role description please click here.

Macmillan Information volunteers are required to listen and put patients in touch with services that may be of help when coping with all the uncertainties that a cancer diagnosis can bring. To view the role description please click here.

Macmillan unit volunteers – This role involves supporting a busy unit. Volunteers help and support patients by providing refreshments and lunches and also by assisting the nursing staff in collecting and delivering treatments, medication and specimens. Some flexibility is required to cover available morning or afternoon sessions. To view the role description please click here.

This role is very much an admin meet and greet role. Giving a friendly and helpful greeting to patients and families arriving on the ward. 4pm – 6pm sessions available. To view the role description please click here.

This role involves greeting patients and visitors arriving in the department and supporting them with the electronic check ins and signposting as required.

There is availability for a Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

 

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Patient Voice, formerly Public Participation Group (PPI), is a small team of volunteers who carry out the “Your Care” ward based questionnaires. Each member is designated a ward, which includes attending peer review meetings.  Members are rotated on an annual basis. In addition, we carry out specific pieces of work including mealtime observations and noise at night environment issues. If you are interested in joining Patient Voice, please contact Acting Chair, Ruth Lawrence at ruthalawrence@btinternet.com

 

Do you have an excellent natured dog that you feel can be shared to brighten a patients day please visit the https://petsastherapy.org All dogs require the Pets as Therapy certificate and owners are required to be recruited as a volunteer. This is a very therapeutic role and enlightens many patients. Sessions to visit the inpatient wards are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends. To view the role description please click here.

This role welcomes patients and visitors, offering refreshments, assisting with lunches, running errands and accompany patients to other parts of the hospital. You will be required to carry out a stage one food hygiene certificate. To view the role description please click here.

This role includes reading poems, short stories or showing picture books to patients with cognitive conditions to stimulate conversation. This volunteer requires flexibility for further training sessions. A variety of sessions are available.

This role supports the specialist nurses escorting patients from the waiting area to the clinic maintaining a vital communication link between staff and patients. Monday, with flexibility to cover other days if required. Some administration duties will also be included.  Session available are Monday 10am – 2.30pm, with flexibility to cover other days if required. To view the role description please click here.

This role offers support to patients and families at the end of life by offering companionship, support, comfort and holistic support. Sitting with patients in order they have company. This role requires a discussion with the Chaplaincy Lead before recruitment. There is no availability for this role at present.

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If you are a community-minded individual who enjoys meeting people and supporting charities, then we need your help. We need people to help us with a whole range of fundraising activities including; stewarding at events, event planning and bucket collections. Volunteers are also welcome to organise and run their own fundraising activities to help us raise the funds needed to buy new equipment and update our facilities. Some of our Charity Champions will also be asked to help promote any appeals we are running, such as the Breast Cancer Unit Appeal, by talking to groups of people who want to learn more. If you would like more information on these roles please contact Sarah Cherry on: 07920 207914 or email: sarah.cherry@ydh.nhs.uk

All roles require training and buddy sessions. This will require flexibility on your part to buddy with existing volunteers.

All roles require you to attend an all-day induction.

All role requires an Occupational Health Clearance.