Our volunteers bring their skills, their knowledge and a desire to make a difference to our services and the lives of the people we care for.

We train, support and develop our volunteers so they can play a meaningful and valuable role.

We hear stories every week about the incredible difference volunteering makes to our service users and staff’s lives. We are so proud of our volunteers and the enormous contribution they make.

We’re always on the look-out for new volunteers and we’d love for you to join us.

What can I get involved in?

We have a range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in, including:

  • Gardening projects
  • Taking part in recruitment and selection panels
  • Training students
  • Gathering feedback on our wards
  • Administration support
  • Joining groups where you can give feedback

You can take a look at our full list of volunteering opportunities by clicking here.

This list isn’t exhaustive, so if there’s a project or a service you’d like to get involved in, just let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

Who can volunteer?

To volunteer with us you must be over the age of 18 and willing to commit to at least six months of volunteering.

As part of your application you’ll meet with us to discuss your skills and your aspirations. When we have identified a volunteering role for you we’ll ask you to provide two references, agree to an occupational health check and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check which we’ll cover the cost of.

Once all of these steps have been completed you’ll take part in an induction day and then you’ll be all set to start in your role.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

There are loads of benefits to volunteering. Some people use volunteering to help develop their CV and gain experience. Others volunteer for the amazing sense of satisfaction you gain from helping others.

Whatever your reason for wanting to volunteer you set the pace at which you want to work.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with us we’d love to hear from you.

All you need to do is drop us an email at engage@shsc.nhs.uk or give us a call on 0114 226 3367.

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