Volunteering

We are so pleased you’re thinking about joining us. Our volunteers are as diverse as the communities we serve and we welcome applications from anyone over the age of 16. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer for many different reasons but some of the things our volunteers share include:

  • Feeling part of a committed, supportive team
  • Making a difference when someone has really needed you; a chance to ‘give back’
  • Being appreciated for what you can offer
  • Something different every day and opportunities to learn and grow
  • Having fun and a great experience: new people, new friends, joining the life (and, if you want to, social life) of your local hospital

We carefully match volunteers to a role and team, to make it the best experience for you.

We aim to provide a rewarding experience for anyone who wants to help others and enhance the quality of the care we offer to our patients.

What our volunteers say about their experiences

‘I love having my volunteering within my weekly structure.’

‘To see a patient smile and say thank you is a big reward in itself.  To chat to them and listen to them is great.  It makes them feel so much better.’

‘I enjoy the role immensely and love the patients.  Also it gets me out of the house and gives me a sense of achievement’

‘Every time I go in it is different – funny, sad, demanding, challenging… but never dull.’

We will provide

  • Full guidelines outlining the role and boundaries for your placement
  • Full induction training
  • Day-to-day support from your host team as well as from the voluntary services team
  • Further training as required
  • Travel expenses on request

Volunteer roles

Volunteers take on a variety of different roles and assist in some of the following areas:

  • Listening and talking to patients
  • Delivering trays of food and making sure they are in easy reach of the patient
  • Delivering and collecting forms and prescriptions
  • Answering the telephone and taking messages
  • Helping to tidy around beds while chatting
  • Welcoming visitors and patients
  • Showing patients to the correct waiting area
  • Handing out leaflets and answering questions
  • Reassuring and assisting anxious patients and visitors
  • Greeting patients and visitors
  • Directing and escorting patients around hospital
  • Helping with answering patient and visitor enquiries
  • Reassuring and assisting anxious patients and visitors
  • Providing wheelchairs or requesting a porter
A range of ‘office’ roles in a busy team environment

  • Making up folders
  • Booking out notes
  • Tracking patients’ records
  • Photocopying
  • Mailshots
  • Playing/reading/talking with the children on the ward
  • Tidying the play areas
  • Assisting children with washing hands and faces, and cleaning teeth at bedtime
  • Assisting care staff with giving out drinks and meals
  • Sitting with a child to give the carer a short break
  • Community fundraising
  • Supporting charity events
  • General admin tasks

Is volunteering with us right for you?

There are other opportunities within our hospitals which you may wish to consider. These opportunities have separate application processes so please apply directly to the relevant team:

Recruitment process

Our comprehensive recruitment process helps us to match our volunteers with an appropriate placement across our varied range of volunteering opportunities.

We work closely with a number of schools and colleges in the Brighton and Sussex area and can only take applications from school or college students via your place of study. We would be happy to accept a referral for you from your school or college so please apply via them.

View the list of schools and colleges currently registered with BSUH voluntary services

If you are a university student, we’d be pleased to hear from you directly through our normal recruitment process. Please register your interest below.

If you would like to register your interest to attend an information open morning, please submit the form below. We hold open mornings 12 times a year and we will be in touch with you as soon as we have availability.

Register your interest to attend an open morning

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