Is there a minimum / maximum amount of time a volunteer can work in the Trust for?
Voluntary placements are varied depending on the individual volunteer roles. Most of our voluntary positions are for between six and 12 months, with regular review meetings to discuss progress and future plans. Voluntary placements are flexible and we work around your availability to ensure you gain the perfect experience.
Do volunteers need any prior experience?
To apply for a voluntary role you will not require any previous experience in the specific area. Our volunteering opportunities are advertised to demonstrate the huge variety of roles, clinical and non-clinical, within the Trust.
We want to provide you with experience and insight into the services we offer and the work we do.
What is the difference between volunteering and work experience placements?
- Work experience placements are usually short term (one/two weeks) and are arranged via an application form
- Work experience placements do not require pre-placement checks as they will be supervised at all times. A confirmation letter and risk assessment will be completed prior to the work experience placement.
- Volunteering placements require pre-placement checks and required paperwork including; DBS check, confidentiality agreement, ESR starter form, ID badge and email address.
What should I wear?
If undertaking a clinical voluntary role, we ask for appropriate modest wear, i.e. smart T-shirt, smart trousers and sensible footwear. No see-through clothing, no obvious logos or writing, no loose jewellery and you should be bare below the elbow, no watches and no nail varnish.
If undertaking a corporate voluntary role, we ask for appropriate corporate wear, i.e. smart shirt/blouse, smart trousers/knee-length skirt and sensible footwear.
What happens if I am sick during placement?
Like a member of staff, if you are unable to attend because of sickness, you should inform your supervisor as soon as possible and keep us informed as to the likely date of return. We may ask you for a reason (for your well-being and our auditing purposes) but this will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Where can I buy lunch/refreshments?
All our bases are different. We recommend that you bring lunch with you on your first day, if you are not familiar with the site or area.
Due to the vast amount of students that we accept for work experience within our organisation, we are unable to fund students for food and travel.