At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. The Trust is supported by over 200 volunteers in a wide variety of ways. We love our volunteers. The contribution they make to our patients, families, visitors and staff is invaluable.
This well established volunteer role will support patients by listening and conversing with them during their stay in hospital. Our chaplaincy volunteers carry out activities alongside a team of experienced staff chaplains to bring spiritual, pastoral and religious care to patients, their families/carers, staff of all faiths and none. Volunteers will be asked to spend time with patients of any faith or background, but may also be asked to visit specific patients who share the same faith. This role will improve the experience of our patients and families, as our Chaplaincy volunteers link the Trust with our local community.
If you are interested in this role, and would like more information, an informal chat or visit is highly recommended and very much welcomed. To arrange this please contact East Lancs Hospitals NHS Trust’s Volunteer Service via firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to put you in touch with the team. You can read more about the Chaplaincy Role by clicking here.
Times are flexible and available throughout the week but we are especially looking for volunteers to help on Sundays.
This post is subject to a standard DBS check.
- Visiting wards and speaking to patients of all faiths and backgrounds, being a non-judgemental listener
- Sunday Eucharistic Ministry offering pastoral and practical support to patients of all beliefs and none.
- Taking Holy Communion to patients and others on the wards who have requested it.
- Distributing information provided by the chaplaincy service to wards
- Helping the chaplaincy service at times of celebrating religious festivals
- Helping and supporting the chaplaincy service at memorial services
- Helping with chapel duties, publicity, greeting worshippers etc.
- Offering support to visitors to the chaplaincy department
- Log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses (where applicable) online
- Complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Be friendly, sensitive and provide support confidentially and without judgement
- Good time management
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Understanding of pastoral care
East Lancashire Hospital’s Trust requires all volunteers to attend a volunteer induction and complete core mandatory training before carrying out any voluntary activity within the Trust.
This role will also be supported by the Chaplaincy team including experienced volunteers.
Required Age:16 years +
Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HH