Volunteering during the COVID-19 Emergency
Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest or who is looking to volunteer during this challenging time for the NHS and our Trust.
As a Trust, our current priority is to get clinically trained personnel cleared to work and onto the wards where they can start helping. If you think you are in this category then please contact us on Covid.Deployment&Volunteering@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
In terms of other general volunteering, we have currently suspended a number of our volunteering roles in order to reduce the footfall onto the wards and across the Trust generally.
Our priority is to now redeploy many of our existing staff and volunteers to help in other areas.
At the moment we are assessing what additional volunteering needs we have. It is likely that these are going to be focused on areas like supporting staff to take breaks and have refreshments, or collecting items from the community. We may also at some point need to deploy volunteers to help in roles where we have staff shortages like portering, housekeeping etc. but we don’t know when and if these will be needed at the moment. We are currently therefore starting the recruitment process for people who are willing to be added to a list that we can contact at a later date and who will then be ready and cleared if they are needed.
If you are keen to help in the Trust, and are happy to go through our recruitment process to then be on a list of potential volunteers then please do get in contact with us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then send you our recruitment information.
If you are interested in supporting the Trust in other ways, for example donating items to help with staff wellbeing e.g. fruit, chocolates, biscuits etc or if you are able to sew and would like to sew items to help staff during this time e.g. cloth uniform bags then please do also get in touch.
Thank you again for your interest and continued support of our Trust. It is really appreciated.
Look after yourselves and please do follow government advice to stay home where you can.
Voluntary Services Department
NHS Foundation Trust
Level 2 Main Entrance
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 7061