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Volunteering

The last two years have been hard for everyone, with incredible people going above and beyond. During the lockdowns we have been fortunate enough to have volunteers doing everything to help our patients from taking them to the correct places, to assisting medical staff with taking samples to the labs.

As we look towards the future we are hoping to return to having over 400 people volunteer with us again.

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 and what we will be returning to over the coming months:

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.
  • Sitting and talking with people while they wait for treatments.
  • Assisting in running activities for intervals or small group.

Meet & Greet

  • Helping our patients and visitors to find out where they need to go.
  • Offering a friendly face during what can be a stressful time.
  • Taking personal items up to wards.

Support for Cancer Patients

  • Maidstone Hospital includes 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.
  • Providing a safe place to talk and helping people build support networks and people to talk to

Hospital Radio

We have a hospital radio service at both our hospitals that can be heard throughout the hospital and online – Welcome to Hospital Radio Maidstone (hrm.org.uk)

Hospital Radio Maidstone Patients’ Magazine – Smile Publishing

  • Gathering requests
  • Selecting music
  • Dedications for patients

Chaplaincy

Our Chaplaincy volunteers work with our Chaplains to support our patients, staff and visitors.

  • Visiting and talking to patents
  • Providing emotional and spiritual support
  • Helping to organise prayers

Gardening

Gardens provide a moment a piece, a space outside away from the noise and worries.

  • General gardening
  • Working in the open spaces and gardens for patients both to maintain and improve
  • once reopened, using the greenhouse to grow flowers for patient rooms.

Admin Support

  • Invaluable admin support
  • Working closely with admin teams to improve the services we can provide
  • Helping to organise and run events

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.

If you want to be kept up to date with opportunities you can sign up to our online newsletter.

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.

We aim to have recruitment windows in January, May, June and September.

Give us a call if you want to chat further or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us on 01622 224719 or email mtw-tr.volunteers@nhs.net

If you want to hear more or just see the work we do visit –  Smile – recruitment magazine

David Coleby-

“Its amazing to be able help people as they come in, if there anxious or nervous. The power that a smile and a cheery wave can have. I worked on the words in patient support before the pandemic and now volunteer at the welcome desk. It’s been incredibly rewarding to be able to help with such a mix of people.”