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Volunteering at Solent NHS Trust

We recognise the important, and valuable, contribution volunteers can make to our services, as well as enhancing patient care. The Volunteer Service was developed to improve patient’s experience of healthcare for the benefit of local people. As well as benefiting patients, many volunteers can gain vital volunteer and work experience, it can also provide excellent opportunities to make new friends and be part of a team.

Needing healthcare can be an anxious and lonely time, but having someone to talk to, or help you, with simple tasks can make all the difference.

We have numerous volunteer opportunities for you to make a difference to a patient. For example, you could become a befriending volunteer to help people feel less lonely while in hospital, volunteer as a gardener, help guide patients and visitors around our hospitals/clinics/units as a meet and greeter, or there are 'volunteers by experience'. Volunteers by experience are volunteers who are recruited to share their own health / life experience to support others in a similar situation.

Volunteers are valuable members of our team. Their contribution can make all the difference to the experience of a patient, and we thank all our volunteers for giving up their time to enhance other people’s lives.

To apply to any of the volunteering positions listed below or to check on future opportunities please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

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Specialist Dental Volunteer

Brief Description:

To help us enhance the environment and experience for our patients.  To support the Specialist Dental Service with administration duties in order to be able to provide excellent service to our patients and clients. 

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Location:

Gosport War Memorial, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PW

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Ward Buddy

Brief Description

To help us to enhance the ward environment and experience for our patients. To provide social support on a day to day basis, engage in conversations, encourage and support patients with the Friends & Family Survey.

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Location:

Snowdon Ward, Western Community Hospital, William Macleod Way, Millbrook, Southampton, SO16 4XE.

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Drinks Support Volunteer

Brief Description

This role is to enhance the patients and visitors experience by helping with practical tasks such as offering and distributing of drinks, filling water jugs, etc. You will also be involved in talking and listening to patients and their visitors.

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Location:

Jubilee House, Medina Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3NH.

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Meet & Greet Volunteers

Brief Description:

To help us to enhance the environment and experience for our patients.  To help assist patients/carers on arrival.

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Location:

A number of different locations across Portsmouth and Southampton.

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Memory Café Volunteer

Brief Description:

Our weekly carer focused Memory Café is an opportunity for carers of people with dementia to meet and socialise with others who understand their situation in an informal and friendly setting. It offers both the carers and those with dementia a safe, non-judgemental environment where they can relax and enjoy themselves.

A friendly face, a kind word and making those feel welcome can make all the difference and our volunteers are a big part of this. Volunteers help support the Admiral Nurses to provide such an environment. Dementia often makes people feel anxious in social situations so by ensuring they feel at home in our cafes, we make it easier for their carers to come and access our support.

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Location:

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Front of House Volunteer

Brief Description:

To help us to enhance the environment and experience for our patients.  To help with welcoming patients, their families and visitors, and answering the telephone.

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Location:

Jubilee House, Medina Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3NH

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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Gardener

Brief Description:

To help us maintain, nurture and cultivate the garden areas at chosen hospitals.

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Location:

Locations across Portsmouth and Southampton

To apply to this volunteering position or for further information please email: volunteers@solent.nhs.uk

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