Young Person’s Programme (16-19)
YPP volunteers are allocated to the wards, where they help out with the evening meal, providing assistance and encouragement for our frailer patients. 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)
- A book from our patient library
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 16 week programme. Volunteering in a clinical environment is also frequently seen as beneficial by Higher Education establishments.
- The volunteering duty is two hours; 16.30-18.30, Monday-Friday. Successful applicants will be allocated a slot on a weekday. Volunteers will be expected to volunteer for a 15 week period.
- YPP volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours or attend for a minimum of 15 weeks, unless illness or other agreed absence prevents attendance.
- All volunteers are supported throughout the programme by Volunteer staff and staff on the wards.
- At the end of the programme there will be a celebration evening where volunteers will be presented with 30 hour badges, 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
January cohort: Starts Monday 6 January, completing on Friday 1 May. Successful applicants must attend a mandatory induction programme on Thursday 12 December 2019 or Friday 3 January 2020.
APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday 9 September and close Sunday 29 September 2019.
Assessment Dates: Tuesday 22 October and Thursday 24 October. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of these dates.
Please note: we are always oversubscribed for this programme.
At the point of applying, applicants must be 16 years or over. As part of the recruitment process, ID checks will be undertaken.
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.
Please note the application dates as no applications can be accepted after the deadline of Sunday 29 September 2019.
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