Volunteering with patients and families within Sobell House can be a very rewarding experience.

Volunteering with patients and families

Our volunteers are highly valued for the time they give to sit and listen to patients and their families, the empathy and understanding which they show, and their flexibility and willingness to undertake practical tasks across the hospice.

There are a number of opportunities for volunteers to work with patients and families within Sobell House:

Ward volunteer

Sobell House ward volunteers support patients, staff, and visitors on the ward within Sobell House. 

Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks within this role, from serving and clearing away food and drinks for patients, to sitting and talking with patients, or perhaps doing a crossword with them.  Ward volunteers also cover the ward reception. This may involve letting a visitor into the ward or answering the phone.

Volunteers are principally required on the ward between 10.00am - 2.00pm and 5.00pm - 8.00pm Monday - Sunday. Volunteers usually undertake their role once a week, for four hours.

‘The volunteers make us feel very welcome and supported.’  -Patient

Day Service volunteer

Sobell House day service volunteers help in providing day patients, their relatives/carers, and those who drop-in to the day service with a comfortable, enjoyable and stimulating day.

Volunteers help the Sobell House day service to maintain the independence and well-being of patients who are able to live outside of Sobell House, whilst also enabling them to access a range of services.

Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks within this role, from sitting and talking to patients to serving lunch or participating in arts and crafts.

The day service is open Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm and volunteers usually undertake their role once a week, for five hours.

‘The volunteers do a brilliant job and we really couldn’t ask for any more from them.  We all have fantastic conversations as a group which can be full of laughter or very peaceful, depending on what you need.’  -Patient

Lounge volunteer

Sobell House lounge volunteers assist in making patients and families within Sobell House feel welcome and supported. They also maintain the presentation of the lounge area.

Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks within this role, from greeting patients and families and offering them a drink to sitting and talking with visitors or ensuring the area is tidy.

Lounge volunteers may volunteer Monday – Sunday 9.00am - 8.00pm and volunteers usually undertake their role for one part-day per week.

Qualified Complementary Therapists

This department is developing its scope and reach and will be looking into new areas in which to practice. We are open to some new ideas as well as adding to the existing services. Our therapists currently offer a variety of forms of therapy:

Requirements:

Bereavement volunteer

For more information, please visit our Bereavement Services Page or call 01865 225 878

Volunteering with patients and families

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Jonathan.Punton@ouh.nhs.uk 

01865 225868

How to apply to become a volunteer at Sobell House

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