Whether it’s spending time on the wards engaging with patients, helping in office and administrative functions or providing valuable input into the development and delivery of our services, the support, skills and experience volunteers bring play an important role in helping Trust staff to deliver a high quality service.


If you are aged 18 or over and are enthusiastic and committed to making a real difference to the lives of our service users, you could be the type of person we are looking for.


What’s in it for me?

  • You can develop valuable experience, which in turn can support any professional development goals and ambitions you may have
  • You may have access to relevant training, which can further develop your skills and knowledge
  • You can obtain a wider understanding of the services and care that the Trust provides as well as issues affecting those living with learning disabilities and mental health illnesses
  • You can meet new people and develop new friendships
  • You can make a real difference to the lives of service users, whether you are supporting the efficient running of a service, or lending a listening ear.


What can I offer the Trust?

  • Your time - Time is a valuable asset, an extra pair of hands can make a huge difference in supporting both staff on an operational level and our service users on a social and friendship level
  • Your skills and knowledge – You may be able to bring a fresh approach and ideas to a team by encouraging different ways of doing things or bringing a new skill to a team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment – probably one of the most valuable things you could bring. An enthusiastic committed person can make a big difference!


What type of volunteer roles are available?

We have volunteers carrying out a wide range of roles across the Trust including:

  • Drivers
  • Gardeners
  • Administrators
  • Befriending and support volunteers
  • Meeting and greeting volunteers
  • Volunteer chaplains
  • PAT dog handlers
  • Supporting and facilitating activities

If you feel you could bring a new skill and have a specific request for a certain role you might wish to develop we are open to discussing this further with you.

Meet some of our volunteers and find out more about what they do.


Where can I volunteer?

The roles can be based at a variety of our hospitals and premises across the Trust area, in a range of clinical and non-clinical areas; as well as alongside our community teams. Whether you live in County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire or the Vale of York, your time and support is always welcomed.

Applying for a volunteering role

We advertise out volunteering roles on NHS Jobs.

How do I get in touch?

Voluntary services department
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Lanchester Road Hospital
Lanchester Road

Tel:0191 3336328.
Email: TEAWVNT.voluntaryservices@nhs.net



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