Volunteering with us

Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role providing support to people who use our services, their families and carers as well as to our colleagues – and we are incredibly grateful to them for the work that they do.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering in the NHS is an incredibly rewarding experience that can benefit your self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing while you make a valuable contribution to the quality of people’s lives. Volunteering can help you gain valuable experience that can be a stepping stone into a new career.

We provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities including:

  • activity support on wards
  • befriending in the community
  • peer support on acute wards
  • supporting carers
  • administrative support.

What experience do I need?

We are looking for people aged over 16 from our local communities who want to make a difference to the lives of others.

You don’t need any experience to volunteer with us – training and support is provided – and we will also pay your travel expenses. Volunteers are not expected to have any particular knowledge of hospitals or healthcare – everyone can bring something valuable to volunteering.  The important requirement is a desire to help and the ability to offer a regular half-day session a week.

How much time do I need to give?

This is very much dependant on each volunteer’s individual circumstances and how much time you are able to offer. We would like volunteers to stay with us as long as possible and we would ask where possible for a half day per week, for a minimum of 6 months’ commitment to your volunteering role.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to discuss the opportunities that are available, please contact the hospital you wish to volunteer in alternatively call the Somerset Volunteers Office on 01823 343447 or email volunteering@tst.nhs.uk to find out more.

All volunteers will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, references and a health declaration.