Companion Volunteer - Older Peoples' Health and Stroke/Neurology Ward

Companion Volunteers provide emotional support and practical assistance to patients in need. This can involve listening, validating feelings, encouragement to engage with their physical rehabilitation and facilitating activities. Activities can involve handing out magazines, offering crafts, games, etc. Patients on Older Peoples' Health Wards are 65 years and over while the Stroke and Neurology ward is All Ages. The patients on these wards are all undergoing physical rehabilitation due to surgery, stroke, fractures or neurological conditions. Volunteer training, ongoing support and opportunities for learning are provided. See link for more information.


The ideal applicant will be a friendly, caring, emotionally mature person with excellent listening/communication skills, reliable and with a positive attitude. Applicants to be comfortable in an acute hospital setting, liaising with staff and able to relate to patients that are predominantly 65 years and over. Experience working with people, in a healthcare environment, a hospital setting or care home would be ideal but not required. Volunteer role requires criminal records check, blood test, reference checks, confidentiality agreement, COVID vaccinations and booster.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment:

To be able to commit to the programme for one year, shift expectations are one shift per week with each shift being 3 hours long. Shifts are in the mornings, early afternoon and Saturday mornings.

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by applying directly to the organisation. You will then be able to find out more about the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 5320

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