Young Person’s Programme (16-19)
We very much hope to run a YPP programme starting at the beginning of November 2020. Please check this page regularly as information may have been updated since your previous viewing.
YPP volunteers are allocated to the wards, where they help out with the evening meal, providing assistance and encouragement for our frailer patients (COVID-19 dependent). YPP volunteers can engage with patients who are lonely, isolated or anxious with the opportunity to communicate. This can take the form of:
- A conversation
- An activity (such as a game or puzzle)
These interactions are simple but can make a great difference to patients, to whom the day in hospital can seem long and dreary. A listening ear, a friendly smile and a kind word are sometimes the things that matter most.
If you have an interest in investigating a career in the NHS, you can gain valuable insight into life on the wards. The programme can help you to develop your communication skills and confidence as you move through the 15 week programme. Volunteering in a hospital is also frequently seen as beneficial by Higher Education establishments.
- The volunteering duty is one to two hours per day dependent on the COVID-19 situation; 16.30-18.30, Monday-Friday. Successful applicants will be allocated a slot on a weekday.
- YPP volunteers are required to attend for a minimum of 15 weeks, unless illness or other agreed absence prevents attendance.
- All volunteers are supported throughout the programme by Voluntary Services Department staff.
- At the end of the programme volunteers will be presented with certificates and a reference. There will be opportunities for continued volunteering for graduates of the programme and these will be outlined at this event.
Comments from Young Volunteers (after 30 hours of volunteering):
“There will be some aspects that will surprise you but you learn a lot and I feel it is a very valuable experience”
“It is very rewarding, you meet a great bunch of people volunteering. It can be challenging, so pay attention in the induction!”
YPP for 2020
Autumn cohort: Starts Monday 2 November, completing on Friday 1 March. Successful applicants must attend a mandatory induction programme on Monday 26 or Wednesday 28 October 2020. Dependent on the COVID-19 situation this may be conducted virtually.
APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday 13 July and close Sunday 9 August 2020.
Assessment Dates: Thursday 27 August and Tuesday 1 September 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of these dates but depending on the COVID-19 situation this may be a virtual event.
At the point of applying, applicants must be 16 years or over. As part of the recruitment process, ID checks will be undertaken.
Please note the application dates as no applications can be accepted after the deadline of Sunday 9 August 2020.
Please note: If at any point during the recruitment process we are unable to proceed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to withdraw the programme. If this is the case, the next cohort we hope to run is in January 2021.
NB: people under the age of 18 cannot spend more than a total of 40 hours per week in school/college, paid work and volunteering.
As a volunteer, the right to work within the UK is still needed and as part of our recruitment process the relevant documents will be checked. You need to give this consideration before applying.
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