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Current volunteering opportunities

The following volunteering opportunities are currently available.
  • Minor Injuries Units – Abingdon, Henley and Witney
  • Out of Hours Units – Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Henley, Oxford and Witney
  • Emergency Multi-Disciplinary Units – Abingdon and Witney
  • Rapid Access Care Unit – Henley

We are looking for volunteers to assist patients attending our urgent care facilities across Oxfordshire. 

The role involves welcoming patients at the units, liaising with the administration and clinical teams to provide up-to-date information on waiting times, engaging patients in our I Want Great Care surveys, guiding and assisting patients to different departments (e.g. X-ray), and updating notice boards. 

You may also get involved with local administration if desirable.

We are looking for a volunteer with basic administration skills to support the children and adolescent mental health team. Hours and time of volunteering can be flexible to meet both your and the team’s needs and will be discussed on application.  A great opportunity to get some experience in an office environment and support this important area of work.

We are looking for volunteers with a creative flare – arts, dance and music –  to support the roll-out of the Creating with Care project to community hospitals across Oxfordshire. You will be linked in with the Creating with Care coordinator and support the delivery of various projects at each location, engaging with patients and staff to involve them in the activities and promote wellbeing.  If you have an interest in the arts and would like to get involved, please get in touch so we can discuss the projects we are developing in your local area.

We are looking for volunteers to be part of a new programme to support, engage and advocate for carers.  This exciting new opportunity will see volunteers join a caring and compassionate team at the hospital and, as the first volunteers in this role, will help shape the role for roll out to other locations.  

Volunteers will support family, friends and carers of our patients during the visiting hours (2pm – 4.30pm and 6pm – 8pm) by offering a friendly conversation and listening to them, sharing information on the services and support that may be available to them in their caring role and act as the carers’ voice by sharing feedback, needs and expectations with the team.

For an informal chat, please call Di Hilson, Carers Lead on 07775 816646 or email  diane.hilson@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Gardening volunteers

We are looking for a keen and self-motivated gardener to help at the ward gardens.  Our gardens are well-maintained with volunteers keeping them beautiful for patients, visitors and staff, but we need more volunteers. Each gardener has their own area of focus and we provide equipment on site.

  • City Community Hospital, Fulbrook Centre, Oxford

  • Sandford Ward, the Fulbrook Centre, Oxford

We are looking for gardeners to help maintain and re-invigorate our gardens at the City Community Hospital and especially the sensory garden at Sandford Ward in Headington. The gardens are currently under-utilised by patients and their families and need some ongoing work to make them beautiful and welcoming.

Our volunteers need to be able do weeding, planting and general gardening with little direction, but needn’t do any heavy lifting, mowing or similar big jobs.

  • Warneford Hospital, Oxford

This role involves volunteering alongside the project manager to develop the therapeutic use of the Meadow and other areas on the Warneford site.

You will work outside and should expect to be hands-on with plants and trees.

We are reviewing other locations for gardening roles, so if you would like to help but live in another location, please get in touch.

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