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Looking for confident volunteers to support patients with fun activities during hospital routine breaks!

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in RG30

A large part of this role is about providing a positive distraction – a break in hospital routine for our patients

  • Interacting with patients’ across two wards
  • Liaising with staff who will guide with ideas and provide resources
  • Interacting with patients in groups or 1:1

We are looking for volunteers who would be confident and happy to support our patients’ with activity sessions such as, chatting, playing board games, discussing the news, quizzes, nail painting, gardening activity, meal-time support and supporting mobility and exercise sessions.
The importance of movement and mobility is particularly important on our rehabilitation wards. Prolonged hospital stays and bed rest may lead to a loss of muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity, and other functional abilities so our volunteer activity/mobility assistants provide an invaluable service helping to address this.

Please note, there are potential risks with these role.
While our volunteers will be provided and trained on correct use of PPE and briefed on strict infection control measures, we cannot alleviate all risk.
Managing risk/keeping you safe: We can only offer these roles to people not deemed as being in the ‘at risk’ group. We will undertake a risk assessment with you.

Contact person firstname
Saijai Jankowski, Oakwood Unit Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189605933
Location address line 1
Oakwood Unit
Line 2
Prospect Park Hospital
Line 3
Honey End Lane
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG30 4EJ

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PMSat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeInventiveGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCreativeCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Is support given?
Yes
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Prior arrangement with unit manager
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
2
Opportunity added on
9 December 2021