Dining Companions at both the Royal Oldham and Fairfield General hospitals.

If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer at Oldham Royal Hospital or Fairfield General Hospital? then now is a great time for you to apply!
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

After the great success of Dining Companions at Salford Royal, this project is now being rolled out.

This new project involves volunteers assisting wards at mealtimes, by offering companionship and encouragement to patients to feed themselves and feeding patients who cannot manage this on their own.

These roles are available at breakfast, lunch or dinner 7 days a week with the minimum requirement of just 1.5 hours every 3 weeks!

Skill and Qualifications Required:

You must be aged over 16 and have left school.
We only offer LONG TERM placements of 6-12 months or more. This is due to the cost of recruiting a volunteer and the mandatory recruitment checks and training both you and us need to undertake beforehand.
We do not take on to cover school holidays.
You need to be able to commit to a minimum of 1 session a week (maximum of 3) on a regular basis. A session is classed as 4/5 hours.
Volunteering is NOT the same as work experience
Work experience cannot be obtained via Voluntary Services.


Please click on this link for more information and watch the video to learn more about this project (the volunteers interviewed are placed at Salford Royal where this project has already made a big impact): https://www.pat.nhs.uk/get-involved/volunteer.htm

Please carefully read all the information on that page before registering on the website to gain access to the application process. There is a minimum commitment of 6 months required and a full recruitment and training programme is completed before placement begins.

Click 'express an interest in this ' below and comment in the why do you want to volunteer box saying 'I have completed step one and two'. Then submit this.

Areas of Interest: Health and wellbeing, Hospitals
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Care work
Skills gained in this role: Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Pennine Acute Northern Care Alliance NHS Group