Our volunteers work in an array of different roles within different department across the hospital. Have a look through to see if any interest you.
Barnsley Hospital Charity
As part of raising vital funds and awareness of what the charity does to sup
port the hospital patients, their families and our staff we hold a number of fundraising events.
In order to run these large events we need volunteers that we can call on to help in a number of ways. This could be as a marshal for a run or walk, helping run a stall/registration desk, handing out goodies, collecting with a bucket, bag packing at a supermarket or even getting dressed to add the element of fun to the event! This list is not exhaustive!
Chemotherapy Unit Min age 18
We need caring, positive individuals to help making tea/coffee for the patients and helping to meet and greet any patients and visitors to the unit. Something as small as playing cards and reading to the patients as well as talking to the patients and offering your company is important in this role to ensure patients are content.
Our busy coffee shop is a popular stop-off points for patients, visitors and staff alike. Your customer service skills need to be at their best as you take orders, prepare hot drinks / snacks and operate the till (full training is provided).
End of Life Companion Min age 18
The role of the End of Life Companion is to provide comfort and support to patients, their families or carers at their time of need. The duties will include sitting with Patients and providing companionship, listening to the needs of the patients and families and showing understanding and compassion to the patients needs and communicating concerns about the patient, family or carer to the ward nursing team.
Please note, due to overwhelming support from our community we are not currently recruiting for End of Life Companions.
Enhanced Support Volunteer Min age 18
We have various opportunities to support patients in our in patient ward areas and emergency department. As an Enhanced Support Volunteer, you could be assisting patients with their meals, or supporting our ‘virtual visiting’ by providing assistance using a mobile phone or tablet device so relatives can keep in touch with their loved ones whilst they are in hospital. Within this role you can also support our patients through companionship, some of whom may be living with dementia, by chatting with them, reading to them or playing games and also support any patients who are on end of life care plans. Our Enhanced Support Volunteers can also assist staff with day to day tasks such as collection medication from pharmacy and delivering bloods to the laboratory.
Intensive Care Unit (ITU) Min age 18
When working in the Intensive Care Unit, it is important that you are caring and compassionate. It will be your role to meet and greet relatives/visitors at the doors leading into theatre reception and escorting them through theatre reception to ITU. In the role it is important to have good communication skills as you will talk and listen to the patients/relatives and give support where needed from a patient/relative perspective.
Over 243,000 people pass through our outpatients department every year, therefore it is a busy, fast flowing area. Being friendly, welcoming and helpful is therefore an absolute must working in this area. The role varies, from welcoming patients and visitors, assisting members of the public to the outpatients booking in desk, to signposting and showing people how to get to various parts of the hospital. Within the outpatient’s department we have a range of different areas to volunteer in:
- Outpatients Self-Check in Kiosks – A role created to encourage patients to use the Self-Check in kiosks located in the Outpatients reception area. This is an interesting role, as you will deal with patients/public general queries on the arrival to Outpatients whilst promoting the use of the self-check in kiosks. Some patients may also need assisting to use the self-check in kiosks.
- Audiology – Welcoming and greeting patients arriving in the department at our main hospital site or one of our outreach clinics and guiding them to waiting areas. You may also be required to assist the department in making appointments for repairs and answer general questions about waiting times. You may be required to carry out simple hearing aid repairs and to offer support and advice to patients who wear hearing aids.
- Ophthalmology & Women’s Services – Welcoming and greeting patients arriving in these busy departments by assisting them to check in and guiding them to the correct waiting areas. Supporting staff by taking patients notes from various areas of the department. As we are continuously improving our services within this role we also rely on our volunteers to collate patient feedback on our services through either National or Local Surveys.
Meet and Greet Volunteers
Our friendly Meet & Greet volunteers help and support patients and visitors in a variety of different ways, from advice about hospital services to showing patients where to find the ward or department they are looking for. The ‘Meet & Greeters’ are mainly based at main reception but sometimes may need to cover other entrances of the hospital and are always around to give help and answer queries. An important role is to escort patients around the hospital to their appointment or to the wards. If you think you could help patients in this way, then this is just the role for you.
The Well Min age 18
The Well is based in Barnsley Town Centre and offers complementary therapies such as massages to patients with a cancer diagnosis. To volunteer at The Well you must have the ability to make patients feel relaxed and comfortable. As a volunteer, it would be your role to escort the patients to and from the reception to The Well on the 3rd floor. You would also help the therapists to set up, clear when necessary, and help to complete the therapist’s activity sheets. Within this role we also offer support to patients of scarf tying and giving advice on headwear after hair loss.