Volunteering

Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) is an initiative developed by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CFT) Council of Governors. Governors recognise that the involvement of volunteers across CFT will enhance its services.

Volunteers are recruited from the communities we serve including people who are retired, students, employed and unemployed. Volunteers in Partnership is designed to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in a range of different roles throughout the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme provides many opportunities for people to use and enhance their skills or share their knowledge, develop a sense of purpose or increased self-confidence and offer opportunities to learn and gain experience in service areas of the Trust.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

We currently have a variety of opportunities for people who have a caring nature and a couple of hours a week to spare:

  • Activity volunteers – for our Mental Health wards and Resource centres – assisting with reading groups, quizzes, music, cookery, gardening or exercise.
  • Dementia ward volunteers – helping with hymns, music and ‘pub’ sing-alongs, or reminiscence and chatting groups.
  • Children’s Centre volunteers – providing entertainment through singing, music or reading for the children in our short break houses in Liskeard and Camborne.
  • PAT Dog volunteers – for our wards in Bodmin, and our Ofsted regulated Children’s Centres in Liskeard and Camborne
  • Creative volunteers – for our rehabilitation unit in Bodmin, to create items out of driftwood or other materials.

If you are interested in any of these opprtunitiesd please contact us.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers may have many roles such as:
  • Help a clinician to run an activity group on a Mental Health ward, which could include craft workshops, healthy eating, exercise, reading or music
  • Visit community hospital wards as a Befriender to provide conversation and company
  • Help a clinician to run an activity group on a Mental Health ward,  which could include craft workshops, healthy eating, exercise, reading or music
  • Visit community hospital wards as a Befriender to provide conversation and compan
  • Provide Spiritual and Pastoral support on the wards
  • Meet and Greet in community hospitals
  • Assist a group of learners to develop IT skills
  • Visit wards/centres with PAT (Pets as Therapy) dogs
  • Assist with activities on the Dementia ward
  • Provide one to one support for adults with communication difficulties.

Benefits to you

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to enjoy sharing your knowledge, skills and life experiences with other people. It also provides you with valuable skills and experience that may benefit your future employability.

Training

As a volunteer you will be provided with all relevant training.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator by post, email or telephone.

Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is a community based charity providing therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other establishments from volunteers with their pet dogsand cats.
Visit Pets As Therapy

Contact Information

Volunteer Co-ordinator
The Engineers House
c/o Shaw House
Porthpean Road
St Austell
PL26 6AD

Telephone: 01726 873253

Email: cpn-tr.Volunteers@nhs.net

Resources

Volunteering in Partnership Application Form
Volunteering in Partnership Application Information