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If you are interested in volunteering with us at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) we’d love to hear from you.

We are continually working with our services to identify new volunteer role opportunities to complement the work of our paid staff and enhance the service and experience provided to our patients/service users and their carers.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • contribute or give something back to your local community; 
  • develop your skills or experience;
  • use your existing skills or experience to help others;
  • meet new people and make friends;
  • do something interesting and meaningful with your free time; and
  • build your confidence.

All volunteers for C&I must be over 18 years of age. We will also require volunteers to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, Occupational Health check and reference checks. Ideally we would like volunteers to commit to at least three months volunteering as a minimum where possible.

Apply to be a volunteer

At present we are specifically looking to recruit more volunteers to support our volunteer shop trolley service.
The mobile shop service visits patients in all our wards within our inpatient hospital units. The shop provides access to items including: snacks, drinks, fruit and toiletries, which can be bought by patients.
Many patients are not able to leave the hospital site or have limited opportunity to leave so these services are of great benefit to them.
The role enhances the care patients are receiving not only by providing shop service but, possibly more importantly, by providing them with social interaction outside of that of the health professionals.  It shows them that other people who aren't paid to be there also care about them and their recovery. This can be significant for some patients in helping to build their self-esteem and helping to reduce any isolation that they may feel or experience in relation to their mental ill health.
The volunteers also provide patients with more opportunities for engaging in conversations outside of those related to their care. Providing diversion, company and more normalised everyday interactions which can sometimes be lacking in a hospital environment.
Patients often express a desire to move into a volunteering role after speaking with the volunteers, inspiring goals for when leaving hospital, which demonstrates the important engagement and support that this role provides.
This role also plays a vital part in helping to break down stigma around mental health through volunteer involvement and knowledge of our services, which they can and do share with others.
This is a good role for anyone wanting gain knowledge about the NHS, Mental Health and an understanding of a mental health hospital setting.

Apply for this post

To apply for our volunteer roles online, please follow the link, http://jobs.candi.nhs.uk/ and select the Volunteers box.  If you are unable to complete an online application please contact us and we can send you a paper application form via post.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more please contact our Voluntary Services Manager, Joanne Scott at volunteer@candi.nhs.uk or telephone on 020 3317 7146.
Please note that the Voluntary Services Department does not arrange for work/student placements or arrange for any honorary contract roles. Our volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work.

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