Volunteering with us

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Want to make a difference?

If you have ever visited or been a patient at any of the Trust hospitals in the South Devon area, the chances are you will have come into contact with one of our 500+ magnificent volunteers. A Hospital Car driver may have picked you up from home to drive you to your appointment, and a Wayfinder may then have helped you to find your preferred location. Ward buddies, chaplaincy visitors, cancer support befrienders and many more, all have a role to play. Leagues of Friends volunteer in all of the Trust hospitals and their fundraising efforts have helped to provide an amazing amount of additional equipment at times when it is most needed. We simply could not do all that we do without our wonderful team of volunteers. They donate their time to help us provide safe and compassionate care for our patients.

What’s in it for you?

Donating your time makes a massive difference to the Trust, to you and to your local community. Volunteering in a busy environment like a hospital can be exciting and very rewarding, and we want you to enjoy being part of our team. We have volunteers in our acute hospital, our community hospitals, and in community health and social care settings. We will support you to make sure you are properly trained and have a named point of contact while you are with us.

You’ll make new friends and meet and work with people from all walks of life, helping you to learn new skills and gain new experience. Our volunteers tell us that volunteering helps them feel more confident and if you are looking for work, volunteering is a great way to show potential employers that you are reliable, and are committed to work and training.

Best of all, volunteering improves your health. Studies have concluded that people who volunteer live longer, have better brain function and lower rates of depression than those who don’t.

Find out more on how to apply, the types of volunteer roles, and some frequently asked questions.

Volunteer Focus

The newsletter for volunteers.

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