Location: Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Current volunteering opportunities across the Trust area include:

Meal Time Support
Volunteers offer encouragement and support to hospital patients and service users within a community setting requiring assistance at mealtimes to help them get ready for their meal, to eat and enjoy their food and receive good nutrition

Volunteers operate within local leisure centres and would be required for 2 – 3 hours per week. They provide support and encouragement to service users with physical/sensory/learning disabilities helping them to improve their health through participation in a range of physical activity and leisure opportunities

Emergency Department
Volunteers meet and greet service users in the Emergency department and provide support such as conversation and companionship (if required).  The volunteer will also signpost service users and family with directions to the Triage room and other departments within the Emergency department.

Mandeville Unit
Volunteers support and assist patients within the Macmillan Unit by meeting and greeting patients and their family; signposting to other locations such as Macmillan hub, canteen or coffee shop, escort patients (if required) to the X-Ray department or pharmacy and replenish resources such as leaflets and information booklets

Promoting Wellbeing Hub
Volunteers provide service users, staff and visitors with resources such as leaflets, information booklets and other sources of information related to health and wellbeing issues.  They also signpost to services or training that can help improve health and wellbeing

Day Surgery Companion
Volunteers provide companionship to patients by listening to them in conversation. They also support patients after surgery during meal times and signpost patient and/or families to other departments within the hospital setting.

Paediatric Centre
Volunteers support and assist young patients by providing play and distraction to e.g. reading, completing jigsaws, bedside activities such as colouring, word search, dot-to-dot, rhyme time and befriending.

Day Centres/ Residential Homes
Volunteers operate in a range of centres across the Trust assisting older people and those with disabilities with activities such as arts and crafts, indoor gardening and meal time support.

Do you have a particular interest, skill or talent?
If you have a particular area of interest that you would like to volunteer in, tell us about it and we will do our best to explore the options available.

These opportunities provide a flavour of the volunteering roles on offer, so if you have some spare time and are interested in volunteering you can apply to volunteer by contacting the Central Volunteer Service to organise an appointment: Rebekah Lee (Administrator).

Tel: 028 3756 3946

Email: volunteer.service@southerntrust.hscni.net