Volunteering in the Health and Care Industry
Did you know that over 3 million volunteers in the U.K give their free time to support patients and staff in health, welfare and disability organisations, and that there has been a sharp rise in young people aged 16-25 years taking part.
Volunteers come from a wide range of ages and background and are a highly valued member of any healthcare team. Volunteers can work directly with patients or can take part in behind the scenes roles.
But what ever work you choose be sure to know that you are making a real difference and directly contributing to the wellbeing, comfort and recovery of patients.
What will I do as a Volunteer?
We will try our best to find a role to match your interests.
There are over 350 different jobs in the NHS and you can choose to work in a wide variety of settings either working directly with patients or in other supporting roles.
You might choose to help on a ward talking to patients, helping at meal times and giving out hot drinks.
You might direct patients and visitors to wards and departments and help with enquiries, or be a foundation trust member or governor, the choice is yours.
Info about Volunteering.
Benefits for the Volunteer
Volunteering gives young people an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to enhance their C.V and to confirm career choice by seeing first hand what working in the NHS is really like.
It provides an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and improve personal wellbeing by contributing to the local community,
It helps to develop and enhance new skills, confidence and the ability to take on responsibility. Volunteering can also provide the experience required to support applications for NHS careers.
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What do I need to know to be a Volunteer in the NHS?
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to volunteer - all you need is to be caring, enthusiastic and responsible.
Most hospitals ask that you are aged 16 years or over (some hospitals may have a minimum age of 18 years), but there are also opportunities for younger volunteers in other settings.
How much time you give to volunteering is entirely up to you. We are very grateful for your time and support.
Ongoing training and support is offered to all volunteers.
Contact your local trust and find out when you can get started!
Use the links provided below to take your first step into a care career.
If you're specifically looking to work in your local GP surgery,
then you will need the 'primary care' contacts instead.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
East Cheshire NHS Trust:
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust:
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust:
Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
Primary Care Contacts (GPs)
Please contact your local Primary Care Enhanced Training Hub:
East Cheshire and West Cheshire
Faye Horobin (WATERHOUSE SURGERY)
Vale Royal and South Cheshire
Tricia Vickers (GROSVENOR MEDICAL CENTRE) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennine Edge (SUNLIGHT GROUP PRACTICE) email@example.com