Engage Programme

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Become a volunteer

The role of the Engage Volunteer is to listen, be a compassionate companion and use the training they receive to match the individual's needs in order to provide an intervention that is tailored specifically to that person.

This role largely involves working one-to-one with older adults in hospital to provide volunteer interventions that aim to prevent social isolation, increase mood, increase cognitive stimulation and provide a safe and supportive environment for the individual to talk.

There are also often opportunities for supporting the management of the programme through facilitating training, conducting research and administration activities.

Criteria for volunteers

Please make sure you have the following skills before applying to the Engage Volunteer Role:

  • You must either have an interest in psychology (through formal or informal learning) OR an interest in working with older adults
  • You must be able to commit to a minimum of three hours a week for at least 6 months and be willing to attend additional training/clinical supervision sessions, approximately once a month
  • You must have good communication skills and the ability to show unconditional positive regard to everyone with whom you work
  • You must be able to work well within a team

The Process

If you are interested in joining the Engage team and think you have the skills required for the role then we would love to hear from you. Please send us an up-to-date CV as well as a brief covering letter telling us why you want to join the Engage team.

  • Once your CV has been received, one of the team will contact you to discuss your application or invite you in to meet the psychology team. This is an informal interview which gives us a chance to get to know you and equally allows you to find out more about us and decide whether you want to continue with the application process.
  • If you are offered a voluntary position within the Engage team and you wish to accept this, you will be required to complete a DBS form (previously CRB), and a work health assessment check.
  • Once the DBS and work health assessment have cleared we will invite you in to complete the induction training. This will cover all of the information required to work safely in a hospital and all of the basic training to enable you to start working confidently on the wards.
  • Once the induction is complete you will be offered a series of shadow shifts with a more experienced volunteer to enable you build your confidence and start utilising your learning.
  • You will receive regular training and supervision throughout your work to ensure you continue to build your knowledge and confidence in a safe an supportive environment.

All volunteers are entitled to regular training to equip them to support our patients psychologically throughout their stay in hospital.

To begin the process, please fill in the sign-up form or contact us by phone or email.