Volunteering

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Volunteer with us

We are still running a reduced volunteering programme due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but are happy to be welcoming more and more volunteers back to the Trust.

Here at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust we currently have a team of over 150 active volunteers who help us deliver an excellent patient experience.

Our volunteers are part of the Mid Yorkshire team and play a crucial role in enhancing the experience of patients, carers, visitors and staff. They do this by performing a wide variety of tasks throughout the Trust to complement the work of our paid staff. Volunteers are currently placed in approximately 20 wards and departments throughout the Trust.

Although they do not perform any clinical roles, volunteers are able to get some hands on experience in a hospital environment and have a huge impact on our patient services and life in hospital.

As well as the difference they make to others, our volunteers often comment on the positive impact being a volunteer has made on their own lives, helping them to meet new friends and improve their self-confidence and motivation, whilst keeping them active and feeling they have a valuable contribution to make which is greatly appreciated.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, a variety of different cultures, ethnicities and communities and are aged between 16 and 70.

Work Experience

The Trust’s work experience programme covers 15 – 19 year olds who live or study in the Wakefield and Kirklees area. The Trust is committed to providing high quality safe experiences.

It is with great regret that in light of the COVID -19 pandemic that we had to suspend our work experience programme and this remains closed. We are currently recovering our programme and revisiting how we can provide high quality work experience placements equitably and at the scale requested.

If you have emailed us with a request for work experience sadly we will not be able to process your request at this time. However please be assured that we will be reviewing this position in the coming months based on ongoing advice and when we have the resources in place to deliver the programme.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Who can volunteer?

We welcome applications from people from all communities and backgrounds. If you’re over 16, you can volunteer with us.

Benefits of volunteering

Being a volunteer at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust gives you the opportunity to enhance the experience of our patients and their families and support the staff who care for them.

There are many benefits to being a volunteer at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals. People often say they volunteer because they've benefited from a service and want to put something back. Some people say that volunteering has been a positive experience which helped them to develop skills that were useful in gaining employment. Others enjoy social networking and make friends or say it is rewarding to see how the time they donate makes a difference both to patients and to staff.

Other benefits include:

  • helping to make a difference
  • putting a smile on someone’s face                         
  • feeling valued
  • developing personal and social skills
  • gaining confidence and self esteem
  • experience of working in a hospital environment
  • increasing employment opportunities
  • increasing health and wellbeing
  • feeling part of a team
  • finding quality time away from work or a busy life.

For more information

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can apply online by clicking here. If you would like more information, please contact Voluntary Services on 01924 543451 or Midyorks.volunteer@nhs.net.