Thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding an opportunity that's right for you.

  • Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
  • Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
  • Meet people. Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
  • Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
  • Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
  • Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
  • Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.

If you wish to apply for a volunteering role, check out our recruitment guidelines.


Volunteering roles

Role

Overview

Area*

Community Listening Service 

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The community listening service offers experienced listeners the opportunity to provide confidential listening appointments to patients in primary care. Training and supervision are provided. Further information Community
Simulated Patient Volunteer To assist in staff and student training sessions; participating within directed role play as a 'patient' within healthcare based scenarios Acute
Administration / Pack making Volunteer Volunteers will make up the administration packs as requested and undertake other light administrative duties such as non –confidential filing, photocopying and shredding. Acute and Community
Dementia Friends Volunteer Volunteers will befriend patients under the diagnosis of Alzeihmer’s Disease (Dementia). Acute and Community
Heart Buddy Volunteer Volunteers with lived experience of cardiac intervention develop a relationship with patients providing support regarding a cardiac intervention the patient is about to experience or has recently experienced. Acute and Community
InS:Pire Project Volunteers will have or develop an awareness of the physical, psychological and emotional support needs of Intensive Care Unit patients and caregivers. The role will be to support, with staff, those attending the InS:Pire clinic. Acute
Music Volunteer Volunteers will provide music in a group setting in the ward/area sitting room. This can include singing and or playing musical instruments. Encouraging patients and visitors to participate and have an involvement using voice or percussion instruments. Acute and community
Conversation Volunteer / Ward Visitor Volunteers will offer non clinical support within the ward/unit environment with the overall aim to enhance the patient’s journey and provide a sense of wellbeing. The main task will be chatting and providing companionship. Acute and community
Ward Helper Volunteers will assist in the preparation and serving of refreshments to patients. Socially interacting and befriending patients within the ward and assisting staff in providing a welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors. Acute and community
Meaningful Activities Volunteer Volunteers will engage with patients through meaningful activities; such as arts and crafts, games and puzzles, and baking. In doing so volunteers will minimise patient’s stress and distress and encourage positive communication and assist in maintaining patient’s independence. Acute and community 
Mother Support Volunteer Volunteers will engage in discussion with new mothers to cover topics on the antenatal checklist for all infant feeding mums and identify if the mum requires further information from the infant feeding team prior to going home. Acute
Play Volunteer Volunteers provide, promote and encourage play activities with our young patients. Acute
Pets as Therapy Volunteers visit patients with a dog which has been screened and registered by Canine Concern as a Therapet. Community
Meet and Greet Volunteers meet and greet patients, staff and visitors at entrance areas and guide to wards, departments and clinics. Acute
Garden Volunteer Volunteers carry out light tasks and maintenance within the gardens and green areas for the enjoyment of our patients, visitors and staff. Acute and Community 
Maintenance support Volunteers work with the estates team and porters to organise and carry out repairs to garden furniture.

Community

Reception volunteer Volunteers provide reception duties in un-staffed areas, to ensure a positive and welcoming patient experience. This also includes administrative duties such as handling telephone enquiries, making appointments and filing. Community
Horticultural Therapy Volunteer Volunteers support service users and assist with general gardening activities They will also attend Kelty Allotment Plot holders meetings and feedback to Occupational Therapy staff. Community
Patient befriender The volunteer will support the patient to access preferred/identified activities and outings within the community, which will mainly involve accessing suitable cafes for food and drink. Community
Ward Trolley Volunteer The volunteer will provide a trolley service of confectionery, snacks and drinks to the patients in the ward. This will also involve stock management, cash handling and maintain the trolley through cleaning to infection control standards. Community
Graphics and Art Volunteers produce visual resources for use in therapy sessions including reminiscence materials and visual collages of life story work conducted by the occupational therapy team for patients to use to facilitate conversation with their families. This is a non patient facing role and can be home based. Acute
Wheelchair coordinator Volunteers supporting our patients and staff by ensuring wheelchairs are readily available at the main entrances by collecting wheelchairs throughout the hospital. Acute
Patient Experience Volunteer The volunteer will visit wards and departments to capture the ‘Individual Patient Experience’ and ‘Patient Stories’ using an ipad or paper questionnaires. Acute and community

* Acute hospitals include Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy and Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline. Community Hospitals include Glenrothes Hospital, Cameron Hospital, Leven, St.Andrews Hosptial, Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital, Buckhaven. Fife Specialist Palliative Care Unit are based at both Victoria Hospital and Queen Margaret Hospital.