Would you like to volunteer for Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust? We are currently developing a range of volunteering opportunities within the trust that we believe will help to improve our services and provide valuable experiences to those who volunteer. We believe that volunteering can have a positive impact on everyone involved and really can help to improve the service-user experience and make a difference to the services we provide.
Volunteers play a crucial role in health and social care. As a result of the wide-ranging efforts of this unpaid workforce, we enjoy healthier communities and a higher-performing health and social care system. It is doubtful whether the system could continue to operate without them. Volunteers help by improving patient experience and building a closer relationship between services and communities. (Volunteering in Health and Care, Kings Fund, 2013)
Who can volunteer?
Anyone can be a volunteer. If you are willing and able give some of your free time to support service users and staff within Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust then we would be happy to receive your application. We would particularly welcome volunteers and carers with personal experiences of using services within the trust.
What do volunteers do?
We are now starting to recruit new volunteers into roles within the trust. The volunteer co-ordinator is working to identify and create a range of volunteering opportunities within DHCFT. Volunteer roles will not in any way replace paid staff, but enhance the services we offer.
Roles can include supporting staff to provide positive experiences for inpatients, gathering feedback, providing peer support for service users by sharing experiences and positive recovery stories. Volunteers can meet and greet, accompany service users and participate in activity sessions. Volunteers can also take on more practical roles such as admin support, helping to prepare for events and conferences or assisting in catering services. These are just some of the examples of how volunteers can get involved.
We encourage volunteers to contribute by sharing new ideas, suggesting valuable volunteer roles and making suggestions that can help to improve services and raise the quality of the care people receive.
How do I apply?
Contact the volunteer co-ordinator and request an application form. The volunteer co-ordinator will then be able to provide you with information about current volunteer opportunities and invite you to come in for a discussion. If there is currently not an available opportunity that matches your skills and interests you will still be able register as a volunteer and the volunteer co-ordinator will do their best to match you to a suitable opportunity.
All volunteers are required to complete pre-employment checks and provide references; the volunteer co-ordinator will be able to explain the process in more detail when you apply to be a volunteer.
Contact: Volunteer Co-ordinator/Social Inclusion Occupational Therapist, Patient Experience Team, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Bramble House, Kingsway Site, Derby, DE22 3LZ. Tel: 01332 623700 ext.33234
Will I be given support?
Yes, the volunteer co-ordinator is there to support and guide you throughout your time as a volunteer.The volunteer co-ordinator is able to work alongside you to provide any extra support you need. This can include developing support plans, relapse plans and tailoring volunteer roles to meet your needs to enable you to become a confident volunteer. The volunteer co-ordinator can also signpost you to further opportunities to volunteer in the wider community and seek out information about training and employment opportunities when you feel ready to take on a new challenge.
What do I need to know?
To become a volunteer you don’t need to have any specific formal qualifications, however, we’d be interested to hear about any training or life experience you have that may be valuable to others in your role as a volunteer. All training for the roles will be provided. Volunteers are a valued part of the team and will need to be willing to attend training in areas such as fire safety and health and safety, this is a requirement to ensure your safety and wellbeing as a volunteer.
Other Training for volunteering
Training for volunteers is being offered by Derbyshire County Council. The five half-days course gives you a Volunteer Passport provided you have CRB. This is not necessary to volunteer for the Trust.
Why get a Volunteer Passport?
it demonstrates you have the basic skills needed to volunteer with adults or children and young people
the training will help you to build on any volunteering experience you already have
if you are thinking about a future career working with adults or children, a Volunteer Passport can help give you confidence and open doors.
The Impact of volunteering
See the report from Volunteering England on Volunteering and Health: What impact does it really have?
Does it pay to volunteer?