The extra support provided by volunteers is essential to the successful running of our hospitals and greatly improves our patients’ experiences.
We are extremely proud of our volunteers and the work they do is hugely appreciated by everyone – staff, patients and visitors.
Our volunteers tell us it’s a great way to meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills while knowing you are making a difference and having a positive impact.
Current volunteering opportunities:
Complementary Therapists at the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre
Complementary Therapies can make a significant difference to the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families and carers’ by reducing stress and anxiety, enabling people to cope better with their illness and pain control, and relieving some of the symptoms and side effects from the Cancer and its treatments.
The Discharge Lounge are looking for volunteers on a Monday and a Wednesday, from 10am/11am to 3pm/4pm.
The Discharge Lounge is a safe area that provides nursing care and regular refreshments and meals, including breakfast for patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital. It has 18 chairs and 2 beds where patients wait for transport or collection. Volunteering in this role is similar to befriender - sitting with patients, listening/talking to them, asking patients if they would like drinks or snacks and running errands to the hospital shop. You would also assist the porters and discharge lounge staff in bringing patients and their belongings down from their ward and picking up medication from the pharmacy.
The Memory Cafe, Gate 28, are looking for a volunteer to help run the cafe on a Wednesday afternoon 2pm to 4pm.
A genuine interest in dementia is essential within this role. Duties include assisting the dementia care team in providing support for patients and their families and with the production and distribution of the cognitive care bundles. Some IT skills would be appreciated as you may be required to assist with the Digital Reminiscence (DRT) Packages. If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity visit the cafe and talk to our friendly team to find out more.
Volunteers may also be needed in the following roles and areas:
- Mealtime Assistants
- Southmead Hospital Move Makers
- Cossham Hospital Move Makers
- Mobile Shop
- Arts and Crafts
- Emergency Department
- Breast Care Clinic
- Speech and Language
- Macmillan Wellbeing Centre
- Fresh Arts Programme
- Southmead Hospital Charity Fundraising
- League of Friends Coffee Shop