Patient care volunteer
Our local community
In the community we reach to the far corners of north, south and west Dorset, and volunteers help patients and carers at home in many practical and supportive ways.
Some of the ways in which volunteers help to care for patients:
- befriending patients and their families
- driving patients to hospital appointments
- collecting prescriptions
- walking dogs when their owners are unwell
- sitting with patients whilst their carer has a well-earned break
- doing some light shopping
Weldmar Hospicecare has minibuses, which are on the road five days a week all year through, transporting our patients and carers to and from our Day Services up and down the county. The minibuses provide a vital form of transport for patients coming to us in their own wheelchair, and there is always a nurse escort on board providing assurance and advice. For some patients, the minibus is the only means for them to reach our service.
Our team of volunteer minibus drivers are specially trained to drive our multi-seater vehicles, and usually drive once a week complementing the work of our paid minibus drivers.
Volunteers also undertake various admin tasks at our offices such as reception, filing, photocopying and minute taking.
Our day services are open to patients in Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport, Blandford and Sherborne. Our volunteers work alongside our professional staff helping with duties such as:
- serving tea and coffee
- preparing for lunch
- offering complementary therapies
- creative arts
- beautician expertise
- sitting and chatting with patients
Transporting patients is an important role, with volunteers using either their own car or one of our minibuses.
The inpatient unit
Our inpatient unit in Dorchester affords our volunteers opportunity to work alongside our nursing team. This is usually during mealtimes on the wards and helping with refreshments for families and staff. Volunteers are often asked to sit with and comfort patients at times when the family is not able to visit. Other areas for volunteers to become involved include reception, flower arranging, gardening, light maintenance, and ‘PAT’ (Pets As Therapy).
Family Support (bereavement) and Complementary Therapy Service
Two further areas within Weldmar where volunteers are hugely valued is with family support and complementary therapy. These are both done working to the remit of our professional staff. Both are specialised areas where experience, qualifications and further training are taken into account.
Training and support
These are some examples of the invaluable contribution made by our patient care volunteers in adding something special for patients and their families.
We believe it essential that all our volunteers are fully trained and confident to fulfil their role, and to this end we offer a one-day induction course, plus further on-site training and support as appropriate.
We are committed to equal opportunities, and believe volunteering should be open to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, religion or political beliefs.
Could you become a volunteer?
We have numerous volunteering opportunities and we will help you choose a role which suits you and supports the needs of Weldmar. There is enormous flexibility and giving a few hours of your time can make a real difference.
All successful volunteers will have references and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check undertaken.
Please phone Caroline Munslow, Volunteer Services Adviser on 01305 756930 for more information – or download, complete and post back the forms to apply to be a volunteer: