Volunteers

Volunteers recognised at celebration lunch and Heroes Awards – photos of our winners

Become a volunteer for Dorset HealthCare

The volunteer service has a caring approach. With the goodwill and dedication of all our volunteers we aim to enhance the quality of patient lives and encourage the local community to be involved with Dorset HealthCare.

Why volunteer for us?

Volunteering is very important to Dorset HealthCare. We encourage, value and support the efforts of individuals who give their time and energy to benefit the Trust and our patients. We welcome applications for volunteering from across our community and know that volunteers bring with them a diversity of experiences, backgrounds, skills, ages and outlooks which offer added value to our Trust services.

Who can volunteer?

The minimum age is 16 although in some areas of the Trust the minimum age is 19. There is no upper age limit; however the volunteer must be physically able to fulfil the duties of the role. We ask for a minimum commitment of six months to enable you to get the most out of your volunteer experience and to attend at least once a week.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteering roles at the Trust are varied, interesting and rewarding. Our volunteers help with a wide range of tasks including:

  • Recreational activities with patients, such as reading and playing games
  • Pastoral and spiritual care with the Chaplaincy volunteers
  • Gardening
  • Befriending; talking and listening to patients
  • Mealtime companions

Benefits of being a volunteer

  • Make new friends and enjoy yourself
  • Develop new and useful skills
  • Become an active citizen within your community
  • Feel good for doing something worthwhile
  • Claim out of pocket travel expenses

How to apply

We’re here to support you to become a volunteer every step of the way. You will need to complete an application form and send it to the address below either by post or email. We endeavour to make becoming a volunteer as easy as possible, but our volunteers do need to also provide references and complete the disclosure and barring process (DBS), which checks criminal records – please don’t worry we are here to help.

More information

If you would like more information about opportunities available or full details of the application process please contact:

Kim Mansbridge | Volunteer Coordinator
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
11 Shelley Road
Bournemouth
BH1 4JQ
Tel: 01202 443089
Email: dhc.volunteers@nhs.net