Volunteers

Due to high levels of applications volunteer recruitment is temporarily closed.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Volunteering can help you learn new skills and gain experience. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

We have the following volunteer roles available at the Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield Hospital (Bury), Rochdale Infirmary and Salford Royal. 

  1. Dining Companions (Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and Salford)
  2. Responder (Bury, Rochdale and Salford) )

Volunteering can help you learn new skills and gain experience. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

Do you want to?

  • Help patients/visitors/staff/colleagues
  • Make a difference
  • Gain confidence
  • Try something different
  • Enjoy great conversation
  • Connect with your local hospital
  • Get involved
  • Contribute to supporting your hospital through challenging times
  • Use your experience and skills in a productive way
  • Make new friends, keep active and have fun!

Dining Companions

  • Full professional training will be given beforehand
  • Sitting with our vulnerable patients, encouraging/assisting them with their meals
  • Completing relevant documentation
  • Assisting nursing staff by reducing pressure on the ward, enabling staff to focus more time on patients with complex feeding issues.

The Emergency responder is a very busy and active role and includes:

  • escorting patients round the hospital with a smile!
  • dealing with enquiries
  • communicating information via the phone or face to face
  • delivering care packages to wards
  • delivering loved ones letters (Sendaletter) to wards
  • ensuring the volunteer hub is kept clean and tidy
  • collecting PPE or other stock items
  • collecting medical equipment
  • cleaning wheelchairs

You need to: 

  • be patient and people focused
  • be respectful
  • be able to work as a team member
  • have an outgoing personality

If this sounds like a challenge that you could rise to, you’re aged 16–69 and can spare a minimum of 4 hours a week (Monday to Friday) for the responder role or 2 hours a week for the dining companion role then we would love to hear from you. 

For Salford Royal Hospital applications - If you are interested in any of the above roles then please email your interest in the first instance to volunteer@srft.nhs.uk

For Oldham, Bury and Rochdale applications please begin the application process by completing the application form and submit to volunteering.opportunities@pat.nhs.uk

Come and join the Team - we look forward to meeting you. 

Nicky Goulding
Voluntary Services Support Manager NCA/Royal Oldham Hospital
Tel: 0161 656 1518
Email: volunteering.opportunities@pat.nhs.uk

Caroline Short
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Bury
Tel: 0161 778 3686
Email: volunteering.opportunities@pat.nhs.uk

Shaun Furlong
Volunteer Co-ordinator – Rochdale
Tel: 07753 394366
Email: volunteering.opportunities@pat.nhs.uk

Michelle Hindle
Volunteer Co-ordinator – Salford Royal
Tel: 0161 206 8942
Email: volunteer@srft.nhs.uk  

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