The Northern Trust values the distinctive and worthwhile contribution made by volunteers and strongly believes that volunteers, in partnership with paid staff, enhance the quality of care and services provided to patients, clients and/or residents.
The Northern Trust is now processing volunteer applications for volunteers to take up roles within the mental health directorate.
For further information contact:
NHSCT Volunteer Service
Holywell Hospital Site
Tel: 028 9446 5211 ext: 323450
What is a volunteer?
Volunteering can be defined as the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside (or in addition to) a person's family. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice.
Volunteering offers many benefits including the opportunity to:
Meet new people with similiar interests
Try something new and have fun at the same time
Develop new skills or use current skills
Experience different health care environments.
Research has also proven that volunteering can also have a positive impact on an individual’s physical and mental health and well-being.
What types of volunteer roles are available in the Northern Trust?
The Northern Trust is committed to involving volunteers. They welcome and greatly appreciate the contribution volunteers make on a daily basis and recognises the purpose and value of their role. We strive to offer volunteer roles that are varied, rewarding and fun. Some volunteer roles include:
- Meet and greet team
- Adult Centre/Day Centre
- Complementary Therapy
- Mealtime companions
- Ward companions
- Activity provider
- Hospital radio
- Programme volunteers
The Macmillan Unit and Laurel House in Antrim Area Hospital have a large team of volunteers carrying out the roles – Meet and Greet, Ward Visitor, Mealtime Companion, Complementary Therapist, Beauty Therapist, Hairdresser, Nail Technician, Driver, Oral History Recorder and Researcher.
Benefits to volunteers
• Extend your portfolio of skills and build your CV
• Avail of extensive training with NHSCT, Macmillan & Volunteer Now
• Get elected for awards
• Opportunities to attend ceremonies and celebratory events
• Receive recognition as a community leader and someone who is making a difference.
If you would like to volunteer please contact Elma McCracken on 028 9442 4394 ext: 6531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an Expression of Interest form. You will need to undergo an Access NI check, an occupational health check and will need to provide two referees.
Other useful links to volunteer agencies:
34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT27 DBE
T: 028 9023 2020
Causeway Volunteer Centre
14 Killowen Street
Coleraine, BT51 3TP
T: 028 7035 8285
Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre
Magherafelt Volunteer Centre
55 Rainey Street
T: 028 7930 1862
Cookstown Volunteer Centre
2b Coagh Crescent
T: 028 7930 1862
Page last updated:20 January 2016