Coronavirus (COVID-19) - helping Hampshire residents most in need
Thank you to the many people who have volunteered their help to support our county’s vulnerable residents. Hampshire Hospitals is working closely with local authority partners, as well as the community and voluntary sector across the county of Hampshire, to ensure we are able to provide help to those who most need it during the coming weeks. We are working hard to ensure offers of support are co-ordinated, and will respond to offers of assistance we have had.
If you would like to volunteer to help the NHS, visit goodsamapp.org/nhs to find out what you can do. Thank you!
We have over 500 volunteers across our three hospitals in Andover, Winchester and Basingstoke, in the Countess of Brecknock Hospice, and in the community.
Volunteering is an opportunity to make a difference, to give something back and enjoy new experiences. People volunteer for a variety of reasons, including:
- Wanting to make a difference by helping others
- Supporting their local hospital
- Meeting new people and being part of a team
- Using and developing their skills and experience
What difference can I make?
Volunteers at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust play a crucial part in ensuring that patients have the best possible experience.
A cheery welcome, someone to show patients and visitors where to go, a bedside conversation or newspaper from the trolley can make a real difference to our patients.
Helping a patient to find their way to their appointment, complete a form, or encourage someone to eat is invaluable support to our staff.
Not a day goes by without someone - staff, patients or visitors - benefiting from the generous support of our volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, find out more below or contact your local volunteer services team.
Examples of volunteer roles
- Meet and greet in outpatients/reception
- Assisting at meal times on the wards
- Helping patients find information about illnesses, treatment or support at the Health Information Point
- Maternity/birthing unit support
- Patient visiting/ befriending
- Hospice day care / ward /reception
- Cardiac rehabilitation programme
- Audiology /hearing aid clinic
- Hospital Radio
- Chaplaincy service
- Dementia support
- Befriending in the hospital and community
- ‘Get up and go’ mobility volunteers
- ‘End of Life’ ward volunteers
Who can volunteer?
Our volunteer force is as diverse as the patients we care for. Our volunteers are aged from 17 upwards, with a variety of skills and experience.
Although we are very flexible, volunteers need to be able to commit to two to three hours a week for a minimum of six months. You will need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview.
Volunteers are required to provide references, complete basic health checks and undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Volunteers are also required to complete an induction programme and undertake any additional training as required for the role.
Volunteers under 18 years must have the written permission of a parent/guardian.