We are not able to recruit new volunteers at present. If you are already approved as a BSUH volunteer and would like to help in the Park Centre cafe please contact the BSUH Voluntary Services department.
This café is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm, offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks to patients, staff and service users in the Park Centre. We are always looking for the right volunteer to commit to one morning or afternoon session per week. We provide all training, but our volunteers do need to be recruited through BSUH because this is a hospital building. The cafe can be quiet and our volunteers thrive best if they like a calmer atmosphere and enjoy time to catch up on some reading. We have a lovely team of volunteers and their caring and welcoming attitude is especially appreciated by those patients whose treatment takes some time.
Loraine joined the team at the Friends cafe in 2018 and volunteers on a Friday morning. It's a busy session and Loraine says, "I am really enjoying my role".
Small Acts of Friendship works with Voluntary Services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital to provide befriending provision on the elderly care wards. This could include sitting with patients to provide company, reading to patients or listening with empathy as they share their experiences. There is no personal care involved in this role. We usually ask volunteers to commit to one morning or afternoon shift per week and our volunteers either run or support activities for patients, including hand massage, poetry reading, hairdressing, music or art. You will have good interpersonal skills, a calm, friendly, compassionate nature and an interest in helping and supporting people.
If you are already approved as a BSUH volunteer please contact the Voluntary Services department.
Elderly patients love to hear music, especially music that is familiar from their youth. If you are able to come and sing, either accompanied by an instrument or not, we would love to hear from you. If you don't feel able to lead a singing group, that's fine - we can find a role for you supporting a group leader.
Some patients love having poetry read to them. If you enjoy poetry, reading aloud and discussing poetry please consider giving your time to support this activity.
Small Acts of Friendship has trained hairdressers coming on to the ward regularly, but we would really appreciate a regular volunteer to support them, by talking to the patients, perhaps brushing their hair and talking to them.
For those of our elderly care patients who are well enough to sit up and engage, and perhaps even sit up at a table, we are asking for art volunteers. Some patients enjoy sitting and colouring in and having a quiet chat while they do this. You don't need to be a great artist to help with this.
Some of our patients are really just looking for a chat. It might be about their youth, or about their family, the latest events in the newspapers that Small Acts of Friendship provides, or about how they are feeling today. Days in hospital can be very long and even for those with local family visiting hours are only a small part of the day, so people to talk to are very much valued in engaging patients.
Friends of Brighton & Hove hospitals meet quarterly to guide the direction of our work. We have a maximum of 15 Trustees, some of whom have a background in health care. We welcome Trustees from all walks of life.
If you are interested in applying to be a Friends Trustee or would like more information about the role please contact us to find out more.
Volunteering at Mill View Hospital in Hove is managed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - details on the recruitment process and roles available are on their website.
Please help the Friends however you can.Sally Gunnell OBE DL
The NHS plays a vital role providing healthcare to everyone when and where it is needed. The Friends work to support our NHS, fundraising to provide additional – often innovative – equipment to help patients lead happy, healthy lifestyles.
The Small Acts of Friendship initiative gave comfort and hope to us all with professionalism, tenderness and grace’.Family of a patient on the RSCH Elderly Care Wards
Working with the NHS across Brighton & Hove by raising money for equipment and services to support patient well-being.