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Volunteers

Applications in psychology are welcome from graduates with a 2:1, 1st or Masters degree.  Places are limited and we cannot guarantee placements.  Applicants may have to consider alternatives.

 

 

Volunteer

Please visit the NHS Jobs website.

Current opportunities - closing date 22 May 2015

Applications in psychology are welcome from graduates with a 2:1, 1st or Masters degree. Places are limited and we cannot guarantee placements. Applicants may have to consider alternatives.

For all psychology enquiries contact Anne Marie Billington at anne-marie.billington@nhs.net  
 

Our aim

We aim to recruit and support volunteers from all sections of the local community to complement the work of the trust’s staff in looking after the people in our care. The voluntary services manager works with staff to help volunteers make a real difference to the lives of our services users, their carers and families.

Who we help

Volunteers can be with our clients helping in their daily lives including:

  • People who are elderly.
  • People with learning disabilities.
  • People with physical or sensory impairments.
  • People experiencing mental health problems.

 

How we help

We help people by providing friendship, encouragement and skills. Volunteers can assist in:

  • Hospitals across County Durham, Teesside and North East Yorkshire.
  • The community.
  • Day centres around the patch.

 

What you can offer

Volunteers can share their skills, knowledge, leisure time and friendship with our clients. A volunteer’s most valuable contribution is often enthusiasm and commitment.

If you possess these qualities, and are aged 18 or over, you could be the type of person we want.

 

How our volunteers are making a difference

Oakwood Centre walking group, Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough

One of our Trust volunteers leads walks which are organised by staff from our Oakwood Centre.The group go out every two weeks, weather permitting. They have walked 112 miles so far (May 2015) on the North Yorkshire Moors and East Cleveland area. Five service users have been involved, with a core group of three walking regularly. One of them has reached 99.5 miles, soon to be 100 miles.

Staff have said that: "Without the volunteer and his invaluable experience the quality of the walks would not be what they are. All staff and clients who have taken part comment on how well organised the walks are."

 

What we offer

We offer volunteers the opportunity to:

  • Develop experience in an area of voluntary work of their choice.
  • Be supported by our staff.
  • Extend their own personal development.
  • Participate in the social life of our clients.
  • Increase their knowledge of caring for our clients.
  • Access relevant training.

Volunteers are not paid for their work, but we can reimburse agreed expenses.

 

Frequently asked questions 

 

Contact us

Voluntary Services Department
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Lanchester Road Hospital
Lanchester Road
Durham  DH1 5RD

TEAWVNT.voluntaryservices@nhs.net