Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

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Weldmar Hospicecare

Ward Volunteer


✅ Choose a shift which suits your availability and preferences
✅ Enhance your CV by volunteering on the nursing floor
✅ Full training to fulfil your role with confidence
✅ Free parking at our hospice

As a ward volunteer on the Inpatient Unit (IPU), your role is to provide practical and social support to our patients, their carers and relatives visiting the IPU, working alongside the kitchen staff and nursing team.

Some patients may require assistance with their meals for which there is specific training. We encourage all ward volunteers to attend this training, however, we do appreciate some would prefer not to help with this duty, and we are very grateful for everything else that you do on the IPU.

Your tasks are done in liaison with the Sister or nurse in charge of each shift so it is important to report to them before starting work. They will be able to give you updated information and immediate requirements.

The nursing floor is a very busy place and doctors and nurses regularly discuss issues around patients. These discussions are confidential and you must observe patient confidentiality both inside and outside the IPU.

Minimum volunteer age is 18 yrs, or 16 yrs in supervised areas

This post is subject to relevant clearance checks.

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Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Application Form

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  • About you

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  • We may require references depending on your role and would be grateful if you could provide details of a recent employer, or another voluntary organisation, or a person who knows you well. In some cases we may write to your GP for a medical reference
  • Have you any current medical conditions or general health restrictions that might affect your work as a volunteer?
  • By submitting this application, I affirm that the facts given in it are true and complete. I understand that if I am accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this application may result in the termination of my volunteer work with the charity.
  • Our Policy

    The charity opposes all forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. All successful patient care volunteers will be asked to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) form. It is important for us to gain and retain personal information about you, such as your contact details, so we are able to communicate with you in the way that you desire, to help fulfil your volunteer role, and to keep you informed as reasonably and effectively as possible. You can view our Privacy Notice for Volunteers by accessing the volunteer section of the Weldmar Website or by speaking to Caroline Munslow, Volunteer Services Adviser on 01305 756930. We may require one passport photo for your ID badge. Thank you for choosing Weldmar to volunteer.
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