Current volunteering opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of NHS services and at this time, we are working to bring our existing volunteers back into their roles as pandemic restrictions ease.

We are currently seeking new volunteers to support the following activities:

  • Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Support – this role involves speaking to patients in ward environments about their experiences.  It is currently carried out remotely but it is hoped that in-person visits will restart soon.
  • Green Spaces Support – this role involves providing general gardening within ward gardens – keeping the spaces weed free and colourful to enhance patient, carer, visitor and staff experience.  At present there are opportunities at the Fulbrook Centre in central Headington, Oxford, Didcot Ridgeway site (next door to Didcot Community Hospital) and with Banbury Day Services. See more here.
  • Ward and Visitor Support – Bicester Community Hospital – The team at Bicester are seeking volunteers to help with two important roles which will benefit the patients on their ward.  Firstly, to be a ‘befriending’ volunteer, by talking, reading and, where possible, undertaking activities with patients.  This is particularly welcomed by those patients who have few or no visitors.  Secondly, to support visiting to the wards during the afternoons.  With additional requirements in place to manage visiting on the ward due to COVID, the volunteers are able to provide visitors with all the key information they need and guide them to the right places.  Volunteering at Bicester Community Hospital has a long history and the team have missed having the volunteers on the ward during the pandemic.  If you are interested in joining the team, we will ask one of the existing volunteers to get in touch with you during the recruitment process so you can meet the others and find out more about the role.

To apply for either of these, please complete an application form and send to volunteering@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Expressions of interest

We hope to have many new and interesting opportunities for you to be involved with in the coming months.

If you would like to express an interest in volunteering in the future, please email volunteering@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk with your contact details and any areas of interest.

We will let you know about the roles as they become available.

Page last reviewed: 7 October, 2021