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Activity volunteer

Patient activity volunteers run activities for patients based around a chosen area of interest e.g. arts and crafts, music, drama, games, reading, health and beauty.  Equally it could be simply talking with a patient on the ward.

Many wards welcome activity volunteers, particularly our elderly wards.  Please note, if you would like to volunteer on one of our dementia wards, you must be 18+ years old.  Experience of spending time with someone who has a diagnosis of dementia will be beneficial at interview stage.

The timing of this role is flexible and to be made in agreement with the ward.


  1. Agree activities with ward staff to ensure they fit in with the overall programme.
  2. Liaise with staff to identify appropriate patients who would benefit from activities.
  3. Deliver agreed activities, either with an individual patient or a number of patients.
  4. Feedback to your Volunteer Supervisor on the ward about your role and the services we provide to enable us to use your feedback to improve.

It is expected that the patient activity volunteer will be able to:

  1. Speak with patients from all walks of life with confidence and minimal supervision.
  2. Organise and lead an activity for patients with confidence, and minimal supervision.
  3. Be professional and polite with patients, carers and staff.
  4. Contribute regularly to deliver activities, and let someone know if unable to attend
  5. Ensure absolute confidentiality of information obtained through contact with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

We will support you by:

  1. Providing and delivering a mandatory training program
  2. Providing access to other training as appropriate
  3. Linking you with a volunteer supervisor who will be your main point of contact, as well as the Volunteer Services team.
  4. Listening to your feedback about your role
  5. Reimbursing reasonable travel expenses incurred as a result of volunteering (see Volunteering Expenses policy)
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