Volunteers Week 1st to 7th of June
Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year and this is the 37th annual Volunteers’ Week It’s a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make and a time to say thanks. It goes without saying that our volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult year, we would like to say a “a big shout out” to all our volunteers who have supported us Digitally, Virtually and those volunteers supporting our vaccination centres and the huge difference they make. We would also like to recognise and thank those who normally volunteer with us but have not been able to because of the pandemic.
Cwm Taf Morgnnwg University Health Board would like to recognise and thank all volunteers across our communities for coming together and the invaluable contribution they make.
Thank you for showing an interest in volunteering with us. Please note volunteering has not yet recommenced in our hospitals and we have a limited number of vaccination centre opportunities at this time.
All new volunteers will undergo an individual Risk Assessment before beginning any new roles to ensure that volunteers, staff, patients and visitors are kept as safe as possible.
If you have any further queries, please contact: [email protected]
See also Service Changes for COVID-19
What we do
Volunteering is an established and integral part of the service provided for patients and staff by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. It enables people from the local community to become part of the organisation, ensuring that these communities have an opportunity to support and have an input into Health Board activities.
Volunteering provides benefits which are above and beyond those supplied by statutory services, and it improves the quality of people’s lives. There are several volunteering schemes currently running across the Health Board:
- Meet and Greet
- Activity Volunteers
- Dementia Buddies/Ward Volunteers
- Maternity Buddies
- Chaplaincy Volunteers
Who is it for?
Volunteering is for anyone who has time to spare and would like to support our staff and patients. As well as the difference volunteering makes to the lives of others, it can also have a positive personal impact. It allows you to make new friends, improve your self-confidence, develop new skills, feel part of a team, and make a valuable contribution.
Before committing to a voluntary role, it is important that you think about why you want to volunteer in a health care setting, and whether you are motivated and able to attend for at least four hours per week.
Can anyone get involved?
There is a minimum age of 17 for the General Wards and 18 for Maternity Wards. Meet and Greet volunteers are accepted from ages 16 and up. Reasonable adjustments can also be made to support volunteers.
What to expect
There is a robust recruitment process for volunteering at the Health Board and you will be required to:
- Attend an informal interview.
- Complete an application form, including contact details for references.
- Agree and sign a volunteer and confidentiality agreement.
- Complete an Occupational Health check questionnaire and attend a meeting if required.
- Undergo a risk assessment.
- Complete a Volunteer Induction Session.
- Complete Dementia Awareness and other training sessions where appropriate.
- Potentially complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, depending on the volunteer role.
You can contact the Volunteer Service the following ways:
Telephone: 01656 753783
Email: [email protected]
Post: Volunteer Service, Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN