Become a volunteer
Volunteering has never been more popular. People from all age groups and backgrounds are making a real difference, giving up their time and devoting their energy to helping others.
- Why become a volunteer?
- What kind of roles do our volunteers have?
- How much time would you need to give?
- Will you be given any training?
- Can anyone become a volunteer?
- How do you become a volunteer?
- How do you become a chaplaincy volunteer?
There are lots of great reasons to become a volunteer. The satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something for others, the opportunity to become part of a great team, the chance to make new friends, experience of working in a busy hospital and an opportunity to gain confidence if you are returning to the workplace after a break are just a few.
We have lots of interesting and varied roles for volunteers of all ages across our Trust, they include:
- General admin and clerical support
- Hospital meet and greet/guides
- Adult inpatient ward areas
- Maternity services
- Children’s department arts and crafts
- Children’s inpatient and outpatient areas
- Emergency Department administration support
- Endoscopy surveys and administration
- Chemotherapy day unit/Suite 8 administration and support
- Meal time support
- Music, arts and crafts
- Dementia activity support
- Carer relief support
- Friends and Family Test (FFT) survey support
- Radiology (including wayfinding and FFT and administration support)
- Patient information.
As little or as much as you are able; we will always try, where possible, to arrange the hours to suit our volunteers. The only thing that we do ask is that you make a regular commitment - normally we encourage new volunteers to start by giving two to three hours a week of their time for a minimum period of six months. Please note that Voluntary Services does not cover short-term work experience - for this, please see the work experience page, link below.
Yes. We provide induction training for all volunteers. You will also have the opportunity to attend other courses that are relevant to the work you are doing, for example listening skills, health and safety etc.When you join as a volunteer, you will be given a description of the task that you are expected to carry out in any given area and a member of staff will be on hand to provide help and supervision.
Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and age groups within the local community.
If you would like to become a volunteer, you will need to provide:
- The names and addresses of two referees
- be health checked with our Occupational Health department
- Have a police (CRB/DBS) check completed.
No previous experience is necessary – but you will need to be a good listener and someone who can readily understand the needs of individual patients.
New volunteers are always welcome. We ask only that you are reliable, willing and aware of the need of confidentiality when dealing with patients. As long as there is a suitable vacancy, we will always try to arrange your placement so that it matches your particular skills and interests. There is a one month probationary period and help with expenses may be available.
If you're interested in becoming a volunteer the first thing to do is to contact Voluntary Services (see right for details) or make a personal enquiry at the hospitals.
You will be invited for an informal chat to discuss your interests and a possible placement. You will be given all the necessary forms to fill out and once the paperwork has been satisfactorily completed, you will be ready to start.
The Voluntary Services Department staff organise all of the voluntary services throughout the hospital and are available during working hours for advice and support.
Chaplaincy volunteers have a very special role at the hospital, building up relationships with patients and staff. Volunteers are welcome from all faiths and training is provided. You will be allocated a ward which you will visit weekly and the chaplains at the hospital provide support and guidance.
- If you are interested, please contact Chaplaincy on 020 8333 3299. or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Before becoming a chaplaincy volunteer, you will need to register with the Voluntary Services Department.
Val Davison, Interim Chair at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust says:
“The great news is that volunteering in the UK is on the increase. People are feeling motivated to help out in lots of different ways, to give back to organisations and causes that mean something to them. We’re glad to say that we’re no exception and have a brilliant network of over 600 people from different age groups, and backgrounds, volunteering across Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
"The tasks they take on are varied, require different skills and different amounts of time devoted to them, but they all need dedication and a strong willingness to pitch in and give support. We have people now approaching 5, 10, and even 15 years volunteering alongside our staff. Our community is fortunate to have such people at its heart and we’d like to offer our sincerest thanks to them all.”