Ward Befriender Volunteer (Chalkhill)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Register your Interest

We are looking for Ward Befrienders to provide companionship to patients at our Chalkhill unit; to help patients to take part in appropriate social and/or recreational activities. The involvement aims to help our service users to feel less isolated and feel part of an enjoyable social relationship.

Chalkhill is a hospital that treats children and young people (aged 12-18) experiencing emotional difficulties, mental health problems and eating disorders.

As the unit is a busy environment, it is essential that volunteers can take a proactive approach to the role, whilst always being guided by their supervisor and wishes of the patients.

We are looking for volunteers that can commit to one of the following shifts for a minimum of 6 months:

  • Thursday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm
  • Friday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm
  • Saturday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm

In return we will provide volunteers with ongoing support and training.

Skills

  • Well presented, with a friendly and approachable manner and good verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to relate well to people on a one to one basis and be sympathetic to others’ situations.
  • An ability to be patient and calm even in the face of difficult situations.
  • An ability to act on own initiative within the role description.
  • An ability to start conversations/activities without prompting.
  • A willingness to be flexible and to follow the guidance of a placement supervisor.
  • A commitment to the trust’s equal opportunities and diversity policies.
  • A willingness to abide by the Sussex Partnership volunteer guidelines, including rules on confidentiality, health and safety, safeguarding adultsand children and manual handling.
  • To be willing to receive training any areas as appropriate to the volunteer role.

Benefits

  • Increase your social and relationship skills
  • Gain career experience
  • Increases self-confidence.

Practical Considerations

On-site parking. Bus and train access nearby.

When do I need to be available?

Details We are looking for volunteers that can commit to one of the following shifts for a minimum of 6 months: Thursday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm Friday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm Saturday - 5.30pm-8.30/9pm
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Chalkhill
Princess Royal Hospital Site
Lewes Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 4NQ

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
    Suitable for those aged 18+
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    18+
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training