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Devon Partnership NHS Trust recognises the important role volunteers play in complementing the work of our staff and we welcome the varied and unique contributions volunteers make to patients, carers, the public, and staff within the organisation.
We recognise the important role volunteers have and seek to involve volunteers to:
- Improve the services and experience of patients, their families/carers, staff and the public
- Provide individuals with new skills, confidence and experience
- Involve the local community in the organisation's activities
Volunteering is a hugely valuable and rewarding experience for the volunteers and the communities they support, here are just some of the reasons why you may wish to consider volunteering with Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
- To learn new skills and gain new experience.
- To feel more confident, there is a growing body of evidence that shows it’s good for your own wellbeing!
- To make new friends.
- If you are currently studying and thinking of a career in health, volunteering can give you a unique insight into the sector.
- If you are retired but not quite ready to put your feet up, we’d really value your experience and time.
- If you are looking for work or want to get back into work after a break, volunteering is a great way to show potential employers that you are reliable and we can support you to develop your skills and confidence.
What do our volunteers do?
Volunteering roles at Devon Partnership NHS Trust are varied, interesting and rewarding. Our volunteers help with a wide range of tasks including:
- Ward Buddies – befriending, talking and listening to patients
- Recreational activities with patients such as arts, crafts, reading and playing games
- Breakfast Club support
- Horticultural Support
- Reading Group
- Pastoral and spiritual care
- Carer Engagement
Pets as Therapy - Enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. Provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?