What do Volunteers at the Hospital do?

Volunteers at Weston General Hospital perform a highly valued role in supporting staff, patients and visitors in a wide range of roles. The value our volunteers bring to our Trust is their time, smiles and desire to help a busy NHS Trust in many scenarios which includes:

  • The hospital Front Desk: greeting visitors and patients to the hospital.
  • Hospital Wards: helping ward clerks, nursing staff and befriending patients
    • Mealtime Assistants: assisting patients at mealtimes
    • Book Service: visiting the patients with the book trolley
  • Print Room: photo-copying, binding etc.
  • Clerical: supporting the clerical staff around the Trust, in the hospital and at our Children’s Services offices
  • Supporting our hospital gardens: ‘Green Teams’ helping to maintain the many courtyards within the hospital grounds

How much time do I have to give?

Most volunteers come in once a week for a regular session of two to four hours depending on their placement. A regular commitment is needed for a minimum period of six months. This helps us to ensure that your experience is valuable and rewarding to you as well as our patients and staff.

Will I receive training?

You will be required to attend the Trust induction prior to starting your volunteering placement, following this you will receive training and support specific to your placement.

Volunteers' Week

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.

These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution these millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it normally takes place from the 1-7 June every year. You find out more information by visiting www.volunteersweek.org.

We're supporting the national celebration of volunteers because we are aware and value the huge contribution our own volunteers make, from spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.


How can I find out more?

For further information about volunteering, please contact:

Maria Flinders - Voluntary Services Manager
Weston General Hospital
Grange Road
Weston super Mare 
BS23 4TQ

Tel: 01934 647005; (direct dial with an answerphone) or phone the main hospital switchboard, 01934 636363 and ask for extension 3005.

You can also e-mail mariaflinders@nhs.net

An Application Pack is available on request. Alternatively, please complete the Volunteer Application and Registration Form and the Rehabilitation of Offenders form and return to Maria Flinders at the address above.