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Volunteers at DCH provide support throughout the hospital and make a huge contribution. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and the experience and skills they bring to the hospital are greatly valued.

With volunteering now firmly embedded as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, we are striving to ensure that we can offer an excellent experience for all of our volunteers and that the roles we provide for volunteers are meaningful and supported.

 

Our Volunteer Roles
We have a number of volunteer roles in the hospital. These include our Guides, who help patients and visitors find their way around the hospital, and our Ward Assistants who volunteer on some inpatient wards to assist with a variety of tasks from doing a tea round to having a game of dominoes with patients in the day rooms. 

Our team of Chaplaincy assistants work with the Hospital Chaplaincy Team to support patients who wish to attend Sunday service in our chapel. We also have our Patient Liaison Volunteers are on-hand to welcome patients and make sure they are in the right place for their appointments.

In addition to this we currently have a team of Patient Research Ambassadors who support the Research Department and Specific Activity volunteers who bring music, art and pet therapy into the hospital. We are in the process of developing and piloting a number of new volunteer roles so watch this space for further details. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities
Due to a recent large number of volunteer application, recruitment for volunteer roles is currently closed and will reopen in the autumn. However, if you would like to register your interest in volunteering then please contact the Volunteer Support Team and we will then contact you with the available opportunities when we reopen for applications. 

Young Volunteer Programme
DCH was very lucky to be one of the hospitals awarded funding from the Pears Foundation and Community Lottery fund in 2018 and is now working with the #iwill campaign to promote Youth Social Action and open up volunteer opportunities for young people. 

Our Summer Volunteer programme is now well underway and applications are now open for our autumn programme. You can find out more about the programme by contacting the Volunteer Support Team.

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Friends of Dorset County Hospital
Volunteer opportunities with the Friends of Dorset County include working in the shop and on the trolley service as well as supporting fundraising events. You can find out more about joining the Friends here.

Volunteer Support Team
As a DCH Volunteer you will be supported throughout your journey at the Trust. Our Volunteer Support Team will be on-hand to support you from induction to settling you into the ward and/or department in which you are volunteering. ​

Contact the Volunteer Support Team
To find out more about volunteering please contact Louisa and Hannah by emailing volunteering@dchft.nhs.uk or calling 01305 255351.