There are thousands of volunteers in the NHS and there are approximately 1,200 volunteers who give their time to help others and to improve the quality care the Trust offers to our patients at one of our many sites whether in a community or an acute setting.
Peoples motivation to volunteer for the NHS include wanting to give something back after they or a family member have benefited from a service, exploring a career in health and a wish to develop their skills.
They devote anything from three hours each week and volunteer in a variety of different roles such as meal time helpers, outpatient clinics, reception areas, shops, and trolley and hand care services.
The first stage in becoming a volunteer is to attend a Recruitment Presentation which lasts approximately one hour and is designed to inform you of what you can expect from your voluntary role as well as what the Trust expects from its volunteers.
At the end of the presentation there will be an opportunity for you to arrange an interview with a member of the voluntary services team.
If you would like to enquire and book a place on the next presentation, please email the following address:
Conquest Hospital (Hastings and Rother)
Presentations are held each month at either the Conquest Hospital or Eastbourne DGH and places are limited so it is important that you book a place. We would like to stress that volunteering is about the help that you can give and not just about the experience you can gain. You are asked to commit to three hours per week for a minimum of six months which enables you to gain experience and also for the Trust to justify the expenditure.
After your attendance at the presentation you will be issued with an application form and an occupational health questionnaire which you will be required to complete and bring to your interview. Depending on the type of role you are applying for, a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check may need to be carried out and you will be helped with this process.
The aim of the interview is to assess your suitability for the role of a volunteer and to determine the most appropriate placement for you.
Following the interview you will be required to attend the next induction morning which is a mandatory training programme and will provide you with essential information about the Trust as well as training to help you with your voluntary role.
Once satisfactory references have been received, you are cleared by Occupational Health and you have attended the induction training, your placement will be arranged. At this point you will issued with your welcome pack which includes your ID card.
You are asked to consider very carefully whether you can devote six months to your voluntary role taking into account your study commitments and holidays, before deciding on whether to apply to become a volunteer with the Trust.