How you can help
In addition to a dedicated staff, our residents benefit enormously from a team of passionate volunteers. The contribution of our volunteers adds another dimension to the running of Nightingale Hammerson and the care provided at our two homes.
Volunteering can be an immensely rewarding experience. We provide full training for volunteers to ensure that they and our residents get the most from their contribution. Volunteers enjoy our full support and work alongside our friendly and dedicated staff.
How much time do volunteers dedicate to working in our homes?
Volunteers can give different amounts of time, from a few hours per week, half a day, a day and in some cases several days per week. We offer flexibility and can build a worthwhile volunteering assignment around the time commitment that they can give to Nightingale Hammerson. The one thing we ask of all volunteers is a regular commitment.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers support the work of staff, enabling them to provide an even higher standard of professional care.
Some volunteers, such as those on university or work placements, help in a distinct area of Nightingale House or Hammerson House, working closely with nursing and care staff.
Many volunteers become ‘befrienders’, engaging in social activities with residents such as playing board games, walking around the gardens or simply having a friendly chat. Other volunteers may support on activities such as fundraising, marketing and administration.
Below are some examples of volunteering:
- Accompanying residents on trips
- Teaching residents how to use the computers, including emails and Skype
- Helping out in the dining room around meal times
- Running fun activities such as baking or pottery
- Offering residents a bit of pampering such as a manicure
- Running a discussion group or a talk on a specialist subject
- Helping to organise a fundraising event
- And more...