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Volunteering at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust is a fantastic way to support your hospital and community.  

image (9).pngVolunteers are a valuable part of our team and the support they provide is essential to the running of our service.  We want to grow our volunteering team encouraging more people to get involved to support and enhance the patient experience with us.

We welcome volunteers from all abilities, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Everyone has something unique to offer and we are committed to ensuring our volunteers have a rewarding experience and their contributions are recognised.

All that we ask is that you have a genuine interest in helping others, are reliable and have the commitment to volunteer.  If you would like to volunteer click the links at the foot of this page for further information on the volunteering roles we offer.

The minimum age to apply is 16 and we welcome applications throughout the year.

Benefits of volunteering

  • You are providing help and support for others
  • You are making a difference to the lives of others
  • You are giving something back to the local community
  • You will gain confidence and improve your self esteem
  • You will gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • You will meet new people and gain friendships
  • Will support entry into university or college
  • Improve your opportunity for future employment

To apply, download our application form by clicking here and return it to the email address below.

If you would like any further information on becoming a volunteer or have any questions please email stsft.volunteer@nhs.net or telephone our Volunteer Liaison Coordinator on 0191 569 9172.

We also have an easy-read version of the application form available on request. If you require support filling in the application form or would prefer to complete in person or have the application posted out to you please give the Volunteer Liaison Coordinator a call to make arrangements.

Volunteer FAQ

Want find out more about what volunteering for our Trust involves?

Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions

 

Dementia Friend

Volunteers will assist and support staff in welcoming patients, relatives, carers and visitors and staff to help improve the lives of people living with dementia.

They will be able to spend time with patients during their inpatient stay enhancing their experience of being in hospital and help give them some stimultation in a hospital environment.

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Dining Champion

The volunteer’s role is to assist the ward staff and patients during mealtimes in our hospitals.

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Emergency Department volunteer

In this role, you will work alongside our staff to offer them help, as well as support to patients accessing our emergency services.

As part of it, they will undertake a host of tasks which will help those we care for, help them contact their loved ones and spend time with them if they are feeling concerned or upset.

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ICAR volunteer

Intermediate Care Assessment and Rehabilitation (ICAR) in Houghton is a community based, 24 bedded rehabilitation unit.

Volunteers with the service will assist and support staff in welcoming patients, relatives, carers and visitors.

They will help with activities for those in its care and support patients during their stay.

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Mobility Volunteer

This role will help patients maintain existing levels of mobility and independence while staying in hospital by encouraging them to go for walks or engage in chair based activity or exercise.

Daily activity is important for older patients to prevent muscle wastage and can lead to earlier discharge, improved chance of independent life at home and help prevent falls.

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Navigator

In this role you will provide a friendly and helpful first point of contact for people visiting the hospital.

The volunteer will give directions and offer assistance helping people to navigate their way around the hospital site. 

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Pharmacy volunteer

Volunteers in this role will act as a runner between pharmacy, wards and departments ensuring deliveries are made in a timely manner. 

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Activity Support Volunteer

The volunteer’s role is about giving the patients some stimulation within the hospital environment.

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Ward Helper

This volunteer’s role is also about giving the patients some stimulation within the hospital environment.

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Haven Court

Volunteers will assist and support staff in welcoming patients, relatives, carers and visitors. They will be able to spend time with patients offering help to assist with non-clinical activities during their inpatient stay, enhancing their experience.

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Patient Experience Volunteer

This role will be varied dependent on the requirements of the services. Volunteers will assist and support the Patient Experience Team. They will carrying out administration duties to support the team in both clinical and non-clinical areas.  The volunteer’s role will be to work with the Patient Experience Team in relation to Patient Experience Surveys, Carer Passport Scheme, Dementia, Veterans and Bereavement Services.   

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Learning Disability Support Volunteer

Volunteers will spend time with patients who have been identified as having a learning disability offering help to assist with non-clinical activities on the ward during their inpatient stay, enhancing their experience of being in hospital.
 

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Veteran Support

Volunteers will assist with making veterans feel welcome in the trust and will offer support to veterans on the wards with a range of tasks. Click here for more information.