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We will be recruiting For Dementia Volunteers and Discharge Support Volunteers during February 2017. You should only apply if you are able to attend the Assessment and Training dates.

Dementia Volunteers- We need volunteers to help support the therapeutic activities programme that supports all patients with dementia. Dementia Volunteers work closely with the Dementia Activities Coordinator and ward staff to offer group and one to one activities for patients with dementia whilst in hospital.Full training is provided and we ask for a regular commitment of 3 hours per week. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who may be able to support patient activities with singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, hand massage, painting, drawing, or any other ability or skill which can help with patient activities.

Recruitment opens           22nd Feb 2017

Recruitment closes            27th Feb 2017

Assessment                         7th Mar 2017

Induction and Training        12th Apr 2017

To Apply for a Demential Volunteer role, please follow the link 

Discharge Support Volunteer -  help reduce the fear and anxiety that many patients feel when they are discharged and return home after a hospital stay. They will offer emotional and practical support in hospital by running errands, helping with packing, accompanying patients to discharge lounge and providing empathy and a listening ear. Volunteers will provide assistance for up to six weeks and will build a relationship with service users to help them identify what services they need after leaving hospital and help them access support from local community and voluntary organisations.

Recruitment opens               23rd Feb 2017


Recruitment closes               10th Mar 2017


Assessment                          29th Mar 2017


Induction and Training          To be confirmed


To apply for a Discharge Support Volunteer role, please follow the link


We will be recruiting for the following Volunteer roles in the near future, please check this page for updates.


Emergency Department Volunteers -  improve patient & relative experience of ED through offering practical and emotional patient support. You will be supporting a busy ED service at the front line of emergency medicine. Tasks can include: tea rounds, assisting with patient meals, befriending patients, providing information about Kingston Hospital ED, conducting the Friends & Family Test, liaising with patients about waiting times, tidying waiting room areas, sitting with patients who are anxious, supporting patients with dementia and their carers and more. This role is best suited to volunteers who can keep calm in a crisis, enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and can listen to people without judgement. An informal assessment will be required, and we will give you specially tailored training to enable to you undertake this role effectively and safely.


Administrative Support Volunteers help support the smooth running of hospital administration systems. This role is best suited to volunteers who enjoy an organised and systematic approach to tasks. No previous experience is required. We just need your commitment, patience, enthusiasm and reliability. Each volunteer supports a member of administrative staff or team who will guide you to the tasks they need help with. This role varies dependent upon the location or department, however your role is likely to include: filing duties (paper and electronic), photocopying, data entry, retrieving information (paper and electronic) and may include customer service duties such as reception cover.

Dining Companions - How you can help patients to eat and drink well in hospital. If you have an hour a week to spare this role makes a real difference. We aim to have Dining Companions in every medical ward for lunch (12.15pm) and dinner (5.15pm), seven days a week. We ask volunteers to commit to one mealtime every week on a regular basis for a minimum of 6 months.


CNHC registered Aromatherapists and Holistic Massage therapists – Sir William Rous Macmillan Unit – offering complementary therapies to cancer diagnosed patients and their carers as part of the team of complementary therapists within the Macmillan Information and Support Centre.  You will be fully insured, a member of a professional association, qualified at Level 3 and able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week. This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and expertise within a professional and supportive NHS environment. You should be enthusiastic and compassionate.


Paediatric Play Volunteers support our young patients aged 0-18 across the Paediatric wards and clinics by offering craft and play activities and story-telling in waiting areas and in cubicles. This role is best suited to volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative, patient and sensitive to the difficulties faced by children in hospital for any length of time. Based in the waiting area, volunteers use a variety of toys, books, craft materials and their own creative ideas to engage young people through play to distract and support them whilst they wait to be seen by a Nurse or Doctor.You must be 18 to apply for this volunteer role.

Chaplaincy Volunteers play an important role within our Hospital Chaplaincy Team.  Volunteers can assist with the pastoral and spiritual support of patients of all faiths and philosophies of life, and can also help the Team with administrative tasks and the organisation of special events such as open days, cultural celebrations and memorial services.  Volunteers visit assigned wards to spend time with patients on a one-to-one basis, providing companionship and spiritual support as needed.  Volunteers can assist patients with referral to a Chaplain to ensure any specific spiritual or religious needs are met.  The Chaplaincy provides a Sitting Service to support families with loved ones who are nearing the end of life, and some Volunteers are able to be involved in this. Our Chaplaincy Volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and need to be a member of good standing within their own faith or philosophical tradition and willing to work in a multi-cultural setting, supporting without judgement those who may wish to explore their own concerns, beliefs and values.  This role suits Volunteers who enjoy meeting people, building rapport and have the maturity to listen to people who may be in distress. We welcome Volunteers who can bring enthusiasm, sensitivity, reliability and commitment to this role. Further to Volunteer Induction, full training and supervision is provided by our Chaplaincy Team.



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