There are many varied volunteering roles with SASH. The list of roles below is not exhaustive however it highlights the key volunteering opportunities available at our trust.

Recruitment takes place three times per year in September, January, and May. Please note however that we may advertise for specific opportunities in between these dates.

For further information about volunteer opportunities at SASH please email joy.matthews1@nhs.net or phone Joy Matthews, volunteers manager, on 01737768511 x2438

The hospital welcomes applications from under -represented groups including those with support needs.

Ward assistant

This role predominantly includes assisting patients at meal times, generally supporting nursing staff with bed making, tidying linen cupboard, changing water jugs, chatting to patients and may also include helping the ward clerk with photocopying, answering the telephone, collecting and delivering post and other items around the hospital as requested.

Administration roles

Many volunteers help our staff behind the scenes, mainly medical secretaries with filing, filling envelopes, photocopying, answering the telephone, tracking notes, returning notes to our medical records department and many other tasks that are vital for the smooth running of our hospital and ensuring the consultant, patients and their GPs are kept fully informed.

Administration roles may be particularly beneficial for those wishing to return to employment in the future. For further information on how volunteering can help you return to work please see our success stories.

Gardeners

We have many courtyard gardens and other outside public areas that require attention and continuous maintenance and upkeep. We are very fortunate to have just a few but amazing volunteers who have made such a great difference to these areas with their hard work and dedication. They regularly attend to plant, prune, sweep and weed in all weathers.

Community fundraising volunteer

This role consists of leading the collection tin activity for SASH Charity, placing tins in local cafes, shops etc.  Every 2-3 months you will collect the full tins and replace them with new ones, returning the funds to East Surrey Hospital. You also have the opportunity to support other varied community fundraising activity such as delivering posters to your local businesses and distributing leaflets.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with your local shops, businesses, and other organisations in order to promote SASH charity and encourage fundraising through the use of collection tins in their establishment.

East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre

The cancer support centre offers those affected by cancer additional holistic care in a friendly, informal and non-clinical environment. Whether you are a patient, carer, family member or friend, we provide a welcoming atmosphere where you can get practical advice, emotional support or simply a listening ear, at any stage of your cancer experience.

If you would like to volunteer at the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre please contact Sue Munn centre manager on 01737 768511 x 2078 or email informationcentre.sash@nhs.net for more information.

Opportunities exist for qualified therapists, counsellors and coaches.

SASH Charity

SASH Charity supports SASH to enhance the care that patients receive. Your support as a fundraising volunteer would help us to provide state of the art equipment, improve the hospital environment, provide specialist training and support ground breaking health research. For details of SASH Charity volunteer opportunities please visit: www.sashcharity.org/volunteer

Corporate opportunities

If you work for a business and are looking for ways to promote bonding and collaboration within your teams then why not give volunteering a go! A day volunteering with us can act as a brilliant team building activity that is not only cost effective for you but can really make a difference to patients and their families. A recent example which highlights the work you could be doing is from a lovely team at Gatwick airport who volunteered helping with our gardens. We heard great feedback, both from them about their experience, as well as from staff on their contribution. If you are interested in arranging a similar volunteering opportunity for your organisation then please refer to the contact details above.

For more information on our volunteering opportunities check out our Facebook page at SASH Volunteering.