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The following volunteering opportunities are currently available:

Patient Support Volunteer Role, 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) and Rapid Access Care Unit (Henley)

Volunteers are sought to assist in the support and care of patients visiting our Urgent Care facilities across Oxfordshire.  The aim of the role is to help ensure that those attending the units have a positive experience by enhancing the great work our teams already provide.  The volunteer role will involve welcoming patients arriving at the units, liaising with the administration and clinical teams at the site to provide up to date information on waiting times (if applicable), engaging patients in our ‘I Want Great Care’ surveys, assisting patients needing guidance to different departments (ie. X-ray) or in need of additional support and updating notice boards and posters to make sure the most current information is displayed.  The volunteer may also be asked to get involved with local administration or vehicle related tasks if appropriate or desirable.

COPD Support Group Volunteer – OXSRAD, Blackbird Leys, Oxford
This role involves supporting a peer support group for patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and breathlessness which takes place at OXSRAD twice a month.  The volunteer would be responsible for welcoming members of the group, encouraging discussion and liaising with OXSRAD for the provision of refreshments and signage.  At present a nurse facilitates the group but this will pass to more long standing members of the group in the future, the volunteer would support this person as needed.

Stroke Ward Activity Support Volunteer – Abingdon Community Hospital

This role involves engaging patients on the Stroke Ward in activities during the period prior to and after lunch.  These activities can be anything from reading, talking, doing puzzles or other games, art, music or similar.  Experience or awareness of the impact of a stroke would be beneficial when supporting the patients.

Gardening Volunteer, Witney Community Hospital

A keen and self-motivated gardener is sought to support the ward gardens at Witney Community Hospital.  Our gardens are well-maintained at the moment, with volunteers engaged in keeping them beautiful for patients, visitors and staff, but we need additional volunteers.  Each gardener has their own area of focus and we provide equipment on sight.

Gardening Volunteer – Sandford Ward, the Fulbrook Centre, Oxford

Gardeners are sought to help maintain and re-invigorate the garden spaces, especially the sensory garden at Sandford Ward in Headington. The gardens provide a positive space for the people staying on the ward and their families but need support to maintain their beauty and potential.

You would need to be able to undertake weeding, planting and general gardening with little direction but would not be requested to undertake any heavy lifting, mowing or similar large jobs.

Additional locations seeking gardening support are being reviewed, so if you would like to help but live in another location within the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust area, please get in touch.

Gardening Volunteer – City Community Hospital, the Fulbrook Centre, Oxford

Gardeners are sought to help maintain and re-invigorate the garden spaces at City Community Hospital in Headington. The gardens are currently under-utilised by the patients and their families and are in need of some ongoing volunteer support to make them beautiful, welcoming places to assist patient well-being.

You would need to be able to undertake weeding, planting and general gardening with little direction but would not be requested to undertake any heavy lifting, mowing or similar large jobs.

Additional locations seeking gardening support are being reviewed, so if you would like to help but live in another location within the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust area, please get in touch.

Intensive Interaction Support, Learning Disabilities Team – The Slade, Oxford

This role involves supporting the use of Intensive Interaction approaches with people referred to the Learning Disabilities team.  The volunteer will initially be supporting the administrative requirements of the team but may develop, depending on experience and skills, into supporting the delivery of training in this field and interacting with service users themselves. More information on Intensive Interaction.

Recovery College Administrator – Whiteleaf, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

This role involves supporting the administration of the Recovery College programme through making contact with students, answering the phones and emails in the office and helping tutors prepare for their sessions.  The role will include both computer and telephone based tasks and would suit someone available to assist a couple of times a week (although this is flexible).

Recovery College Tutor – Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
This role involves supporting, developing and delivering courses as part of the Recovery College. Lived experience of Mental Health illnesses may be beneficial but is not a requirement of the role.

Warneford Meadow Project Support – Warneford Hospital, Oxford
This role involves volunteering alongside the Project Manager to create and develop therapeutic use of the Meadow and areas on the Warneford site. It will be outside and volunteers should expect to be hands-on with plants, trees etc.

Logistics Support for the Communications Team – Warneford Hospital, Oxford
This role involves supporting the Communications Team in the creation of print products, arranging the packaging and sending out of these products and the distribution of Trust Wide documents. It would be a good role for someone interested in seeing how a communications department works. There will be a strong focus on confidentiality required by the volunteer, due to the nature of work in this environment.

PALS Support – across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bath and North East Somerset
This role involves volunteering alongside the PALS Team to go onto Mental Health Inpatient Wards and Community Hospitals Wards to talk and listen to service users/patients and their families/carers about their experiences and feed this back to the PALS Team.

Ward Support – Abingdon Community Hospital, Abingdon
This role involves supporting staff and patients on the community hospital wards in a range of different tasks – from supporting the reception area to assisting with lunch and refreshments, as well as visiting with patients who do not receive regular visitors.

For more information on any of these, please email volunteering@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk for the role profile and application form.

We are also working together with other parts of the healthcare system in Oxford to make the wide range of options for volunteering more visible: if you would like to get involved in healthcare volunteering but our current roles are not suitable or are currently closed for recruitment, please do also have a look at getting involved with:

Last updated: 4 September, 2018