Milton Keynes Hospital

The Volunteer Centre, Milton Keynes provides an essential service to local not for profit organisations in recruiting volunteers.

This week we are focusing on one particular organisation - MK Hospital.

The Hospital has a long tradition of volunteers, and voluntary participation takes place throughout the Trust. By giving time, care and commitment volunteers enhance the patient's quality of life during their time in hospital by complimenting and supporting the work of the health care professionals. The list of voluntary opportunities below gives examples of the roles in a variety of settings throughout the hospital and the community.

Clerical Support - Macmillan Unit A caring, sensitive individual with good listening skills is required to volunteer within the new Macmillan Unit. The volunteer would be responsible for collecting and taking prescriptions from the Pharmacy Unit to reduce waiting times, assist with minor clerical duties and help give directions to patients. This opportunity is not suitable for anyone who has experienced a loss of a close relative within the last 2 years.

Supper Volunteer - Ambulatory Care Unit - Treatment Centre The Ambulatory Care Unit is a nurse led unit in the new and modern Treatment Centre providing a service for all surgical procedures in a friendly and welcoming environment. Volunteers with good people skills are needed to serve supper to patients in the centre. No previous experience is required.

Reception/Clerical - Ambulatory Care Unit - Treatment Centre A volunteer with good clerical and people skills is needed to cover the reception desk in the unit on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00pm - 5:30pm. Specific tasks will include; giving access to patients booked in for admissions; making up admission packs and filing as required. The volunteer will need to attend an induction session and other training programmes as necessary.

Talk Back Club Trustee The Talk Back Club, based at Age Concern, Peartree Centre, Peartree Bridge is for the support of people who have stroke and stroke related disabilities. They meet on a Friday morning between 9:15am and 12:00pm and volunteers assist the promotion of rehabilitation, confidence building, improvement in communication skills and the well-being of Members through social activities in a caring club atmosphere. Currently there is a vacancy for a trustee to arrange events and outings for members. This role would involve occasionally attending club mornings to get to know the members plus attending approximately six trustee meetings a year which are held during the daytime following club meetings. Individuals with experience of organising outings would be preferable but this is not essential as support will be given.

Patients Refreshment Service - Campbell Centre The Campbell Centre is a unit for people with mental illness, which offers them a complete service in treatment and rehabilitation. They are currently looking for caring, polite individuals who relate well and enjoy working with others to help in the small quiet shop serving customers. The volunteers will need to be happy handling small amounts of money.

MK Arts for Health is an independent arts charity, also based in Milton Keynes Hospital. They were established in 2004 as a professionally managed organisation and grew out of the voluntary Hospital Arts Committee who successfully developed one of the largest Hospital Arts Collections in the UK.

They manage and deliver community art projects, artist-in-residence schemes and arts-in-hospitals programmes.

They aim to make a difference through each project they undertake, to improve and enrich the environment and community in the local area.

So if you are interested in gardening, looking after the hospital art collection or developing your office skills then why not volunteer for one of the following opportunities?

Courtyard Garden Maintenance Volunteers are needed to help maintain the hospital's courtyard gardens. This role would entail general light gardening work, tidying plants, weeding, planting new flowers and bulbs and clearing litter and sweeping paths. Whilst volunteers would mostly need to work unsupervised, help and advice will be available at all times.

Office Volunteer A volunteer who can spare a couple of hours a week is needed to support the Director and other staff with general office duties including answering the phone, processing and filing paperwork and inputting data into a database. No specific skills are needed as training and support will be given. The opportunity for the volunteer to work towards accredited qualifications may also be available.

Art Collection Assistant MK Arts for Health currently require the support of a volunteer on either Thursday and/or Friday, to assist the Hospital Curator with cleaning artworks, labelling and maintenance of signage and assisting with the hospital art tours. Hours can be flexible to suit the volunteer.

Individuals will need to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau check, provide references, be over the age of 18 and commit to a minimum of 6 months to volunteer for any of the above roles.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer either at MK Hospital, within the Primary Care Trust or for MK Arts for Health please contact the Volunteer Centre, Milton Keynes on 01908 662744 to register your details. Alternatively you can attend one of the following outreach centre's to chat to an Advisor

  • Wolverton, Town Hall, Creed Street

    Tuesday 10am - 12pm

  • Netherfield, Woughton Parish Council, Farthing Grove

    Wednesday 10am - 12pm

  • Olney, Olney Centre, High Street

    Thursday 10am - 12pm

  • Central Milton Keynes, Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard

    Thursday 10am - 12pm

  • Bletchley, Unity Cyber Centre, Queensway

    Friday 1pm - 3pm

On the other hand come along and visit us at the Citizen Career Exhibition on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2008 at the stadium:mk (home to MK DONS)

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