In these testing times we all need to pull together and support each other to ensure that everybody gets the care they need - and the NHS is no different.

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust is calling on the people of Sheffield to consider offering their time and enthusiasm to help us all through this difficult period.

We’re looking for volunteers to come forward and support them in three different areas:

  1. Supporting Occupational Therapists with therapeutic activities and creative engagement
    Working alongside Occupational Therapists to help deliver creative activities on wards and within care homes to keep service users occupied during the week and at weekends. Some of the Trust’s areas offer support to individuals with Learning Disabilities so volunteers would need to feel able and comfortable working in these situations.
     
  2. Administrative support
    Working with a ‘buddy’ to answer phone calls on the wards, supporting the administrative processes. We currently mainly require support for this at weekends.
     
  3. Housekeepers/cleaners
    Helping to keep wards clean and tidy, particularly the communal areas, working alongside a trained housekeeper.

Mia Bajin, Engagement and Volunteer Manager at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These really are unprecedented times and we are facing more demand than ever on our services.

“We are asking anyone who can spare some time or who is able to help with any of our volunteer roles to please get in touch. Your time can really make a huge difference to both our service users and staff in this incredibly difficult time.”

Volunteers will be offered training for all the roles available.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you’re able to offer a regular commitment, such as two days per week for several weeks. This is to manage the training and to limit the number of people passing in and out of our sites.

How to apply:

If you’d like to offer your support for any of these volunteer roles, please email engage@shsc.nhs.uk telling us:

  • The role(s) you’re interested in
  • Any relevant skills you have
  • Your availability
  • Your contact details

We can then sort out the rest, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which all volunteers need to have.

We currently have plenty of drivers, but the situation may change and so would welcome expressions of interest from anybody who has skills they can offer.