Host Organisation: Royal Voluntary Service

Would you like to help an older person have a comfortable and stress free stay in hospital? Become an On-ward Volunteer and provide befriending support to older people when they need it most during a stay in hospital.

Opportunity Interests: Older People (60+)
Type of Activity: Befriending, Coaching / Mentoring, Fundraising, Support / Care Work
Location: Crewe, Middlewich, Nantwich, Sandbach
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM

On-ward volunteers are needed to provide practical and social support to older people when they need it most during a stay in hospital. Key tasks include providing friendship, companionship and support through conversation and perhaps reading. Other practical support could include help with eating and drinking and supervised mobility to visit hospital facilities and recreational areas such as the shop or café. You’ll liaise with other hospital staff regarding the practical support required and be part of a wider team ensuring ongoing and effective integrated support for the older person and their family so they can return home. Working with patients with dementia may be a key part of this opportunity. This is ideal if you want a flexible volunteering opportunity to suit your availability, including non-regular hours such as meal times, to make new friends, to be part of a team, to develop your skills and experience and contribute to the work of the charity.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

You’ll need to have good communication skills including listening, questioning, clarifying, observing and responding, the ability to provide feedback and information to a co-ordinator and complete basic administration tasks as well as knowledge of confidentiality requirements.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: No
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Bus fares and car use at 45 pence per mile

What support is available for the volunteer?:

You will be supported by Royal Voluntary Service and NHS staff members, an onsite Volunteer Coordinator and your wider team of volunteers.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Full Royal Voluntary Service and NHS training is given. Plus volunteers are mentored on-ward.