We are very lucky to have over 400 people who offer their time to volunteer with us.
Our volunteers make a real difference to our patients and support our staff in so many ways. They are an integral part of the hospital’s day to day operation.
We’re always looking for more people to get involved, so if you have some spare time and would like to make a difference, then keep reading!
We have something to suit everyone. Here are few examples of what volunteers are currently helping us with:
- Befriending : talking to patients and keeping them company. This is particularly important for our patients who may not get many visitors or who may be anxious, such as our patients with Dementia
- Meet & Greet : helping our patients and visitors to find out where they need to go and offering a friendly face during what can be a stressful time.
- Support for Cancer patients : Maidstone Hospital is Kent’s Oncology Centre and we have a dedicated team of volunteers who support our Cancer patients during their time with us. This includes offering information and someone to chat to.
- Hospital Radio : we have a hospital radio service at both our hospitals and we’re always looking for people to gather requests and dedications from patients to play on the radio.
- Chaplaincy : our Chaplaincy volunteers work with our Chaplains to support our patients, staff and visitors.
- Improving the experience of patients : We want to hear from our patients and their carers about their experience of the hospital service so that we can improve. Our volunteers help gather feedback from our patients so that we can learn how to be better.
- Gardening : our green fingered volunteers help maintain and develop our many gardens for the benefit of our patients.
- Admin support : many volunteers offer invaluable admin support to our staff which we are immensely grateful for.
- League of Friends: both our hospitals have flourishing League of Friends who work to raise money for the hospitals. The money they raise is used to fund all whole range of things such as new equipment for the Stroke Unit through to funding new chairs for Ophthalmology patients. They are looking for volunteers to help raise money by selling refreshments on the wards, organising fundraising events or working in the League of Friends shops.
We are currently developing a NEW and exciting volunteer role.
We’re looking to recruit volunteer Patient Partners. Their role will be to work with a particular area or ward within the hospital and chat to patients about their experience. Our Patient Partners will then work hand in hand with our staff to make improvements based on the experience. We’re currently trialling the concept of Patient Partners in three areas and hope to roll it out across our hospitals. If you would be interested, you can read more about the role here.
If you are interested in becoming one of our valued volunteers, please register with NHS Jobs and you will be notified when voluntary roles become available. Ideally we are looking for a commitment of at least three hours per week for six months. You can also view the latest volunteer vacancies on our Working for us page.
Although volunteering is an unpaid role, it is a vital part of our hospital. We offer free parking, refreshments and expenses for all our volunteers. All volunteers will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will need to be over 18 years of age.
Give us a call if you want to chat further on 01622 224719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org