Therapeutic Activities Volunteer at Clitheroe Community Hospital
Do you have spare time on your hands?
Are you looking for a rewarding and fulfilling experience to help our Hospitals and patients? Do you have experience and knowledge gained through living?
Can you commit to a minimum of 6 months and beyond with the opportunity to volunteer and become part of the team?
This is a great way to support the East Lancashire NHS University Trust and great way to become involved in your community hospitals.
Overview of the role
This exciting new specialist volunteer role will support patients to participate in meaningful and therapeutic activities during their stay in hospital. Research suggests that having access to stimulating activities can help enhance wellbeing and therefore can assist in the healing process. Person centred and age appropriate, games and crafts are just some of the activities that can assist. This role will improve the experience of our patients and families, allowing the opportunity for people to express themselves in a creative manner thus reducing isolation, improving motivation and sense of wellbeing.
- Visiting/befriending patients , hand holding and listening during interactions
- 1 to 1 activities, e.g. walking, listening to music, reading, games, reminiscence, crafts, visits to the garden/shop/chapel
- Group activities e.g. reminiscences, news discussion, involving others and families.
- Signposting to other support services such as Alzheimer’s Society, Admiral Nurse service, Macmillan, Age UK.
- Take time to talk with patients, forwarding concerns and compliments to staff.
- Supporting the completion of ’This is me’ and promoting the Butterfly Scheme
- Promoting awareness of John’s campaign
- Promoting options for use of therapeutic resources on wards and in hospitals eg, coffee shops etc.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Good written English
- Good time management
- Life experience
- Ability to use own initiative
- An interest in promoting independence with care and compassion
Everyone volunteering at the Trust must attend a volunteer induction and will be required to complete core mandatory training before carrying out any volunteering activity within the Trust and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required. All mandatory training will be provided free of charge to the volunteer. From time-to-time volunteers may be offered additional training opportunities related to their volunteering role, places will not be guaranteed and occasionally there may be a cost associated, this will be made clear to volunteers in advance.
This role requires a standard DBS check.
Required Age:16 years +
Clitheroe Community Hospital, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe