Hospital Volunteering

Information for volunteers

 

Guides

Volunteer guides are there to help patients and visitors to overcome feelings of bewilderment, anxiety, isolation and irritation in an unfamiliar, busy hospital environment.

The volunteers that act as guides are there to give a friendly welcome to the hospital to help patients and visitors by escorting them to the department/ward they are looking for and to make them feel at ease and to overcome any fears they may have.

You will receive full instruction in areas such as dementia awareness and wheelchair training.

  • You can volunteer Monday to Friday between 9:30am- 4:00pm.

  • You will need a DBS check for this role. We will help you to get this!

  • We ask you to make a commitment of two hours a week for 6 months.

Applications for this position will open again when the hospital have more spaces available. Fill out our expression of interest form if you'd like to be the first to receive the sign up form!


Pharmacy

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the delivery of dispensed medicines to ward areas. Ideal for biomedical students or anyone with an interest in medicine, pharmacology, biology, or just the inner workings of a hospital! You'll be based at the pharmacy desk, and also help with the filing of prescriptions, dispensing equipment and general housekeeping.

  • You can volunteer Monday to Friday between 11am and 6pm.

  • You will need a DBS check for this role. We will help you to get this!

  • We ask you to make a commitment of two hours a week for a 6 months.

  • You must be 18 to take part in this opportunity.

Applications for this position will open again when the hospital have more spaces available. Fill out our expression of interest form if you'd like to be the first to receive the sign up form!


Musical volunteers

There is a baby grand piano in the Cancer Centre at the Churchill Hospital which we would love people to perform on for the patients.
You can arrange to play the piano whenever you'd like so this a really flexible opportunity. We're just looking for people to book in and get involved!

Fill out our form and we'll be in touch to arrange your volunteering.


Process

When the hospital are ready for the next group of volunteers, you will receive an email detailing all the steps to becoming a volunteer and the roles that are on offer.

You will need to complete a hospital registration form, get a DBS check (you will receive guidance on how to do this), and be health cleared by the hospital. This process can take some time, but we will help you with every step along the way!

Once these steps have been completed, you’ll attend a training session at the hospital to complete your induction.

At the training you’ll be able to book a shadowing session with a current volunteer, so you can learn how the volunteering works day to day. You’ll then be able to arrange your volunteering shifts for a time that suit you.


Accessibility

Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all volunteers. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the volunteers we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at zoe@oxfordhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.


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