Spiritual care volunteers

The chaplaincy team at Southampton General Hospital are always looking for more volunteers to assist in the sometimes demanding, but very rewarding, spiritual care of patients in hospital. The team consists of chaplains, a secretary, and many volunteers. As a volunteer, you can be involved in a number of roles within the department. 

Sunday volunteers

These are a group of volunteers who enable patients to attend the chapel for a Sunday service (9.30am Free Church/Church of England service, 4.30pm Roman Catholic service). Their role consists of collecting patients from their wards, (bed, wheelchair or walking), attending to a patient’s non-medical needs throughout the service, and taking them back to the wards afterwards. Full moving and handling training is given. You need not volunteer every Sunday, but we ask for a regular commitment, for example once a month. 

Friday volunteers

This group of volunteers come into the hospital on a Friday morning and visit designated wards, asking each patient if they would like to attend a Sunday service or receive a visit from a chaplain. These lists are returned to the chaplaincy office by 2pm. It is a mainly administrative task, although does involve direct patient contact.

Pastoral volunteers

These volunteers, under the direction of a chaplain, visit patients on particular wards offering listening, befriending and pastoral skills. This may also involve praying with patients where appropriate. 

Flower arrangers

This group of volunteers are on a flower arranging rota for the hospital chapel. They decorate the chapel beautifully, which is much appreciated by the patients, carers, staff and visitors who spend time in the chapel. 

All these posts are subject to satisfactory interview, criminal records check and probationary period. They involve some training and volunteers must adhere to Trust policies and procedures, including confidentiality and data protection. Regular support will be given.

If you are interested in any of these positions and would like to talk further or arrange an informal visit, then please contact us to find out more.