Our network of committed and dedicated volunteers play an essential role at Westgate Healthcare. Through your kind contribution, we can continue to provide the very best care to each and every one of our residents, and enhance their opportunities to build relationships with people in their local community.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can put themselves forward as a volunteer. You may be someone interested in entering the care profession, looking to enhance your employment prospects, looking to develop new skills and confidence, or you may be seeking to make a difference to someone’s life!

Whatever your motivations, you will find volunteering a worthwhile and rewarding experience here at Westgate Healthcare.

All our volunteers, just like our team members, will be asked to attend an interview and will be checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to make sure you can work with vulnerable adults. Once that formality is out of the way and the relevant paperwork and references have been completed, you will receive training to prepare you for your duties as a volunteer.

We kindly ask that all our volunteers come with a caring and compassionate attitude, in line with our Company values, and that you are willing to support our residents and staff team in a non-discriminatory and respectful manner.

What duties can I help with?

The duties of a volunteer may vary between different care homes and we will support you with the right induction and training. Some duties may include:

  • Being a friend to our residents; socialising with them and supporting them to take part in different pastimes, activities and events. Example activities could include gardening, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, baking, game sessions, exercise groups or pet therapy
  • Assisting residents at meal times to ensure a pleasurable and sociable experience
  • Supporting our residents to communicate with their loved ones, such as by writing letters or using technology and video links
  • Undertaking care tasks (under supervision) that enable residents to live more independent lives
  • Supporting residents with minor personal errands

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Feeling valued
  • Having a sense of purpose
  • Making new and lasting friendships
  • Sharing experiences with others
  • Using talents and skills with training provided
  • Being part of a team
  • Making a real difference by helping others
  • Having a sense of personal achievement

What you can expect from us… we will:

  • Always treat you with respect, consideration and appreciation
  • Ensure you have a clear idea of your responsibilities, including the length of time we’d like you to be involved in a project
  • Provide you with information about the training and support available to help you carry out your role
  • Support you through regular meetings or discussions
  • Offer you fair, honest and timely feedback
  • Update you on how your work has made a difference
  • Offer flexibility within volunteering opportunities, and take into account any other commitments that you have

To start your volunteering journey with us, or to find out more information, please get in touch with your local care home.

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I feel I have been nurtured and supported by my staff team, managers and company directors. Mareena Varghese - Senior Nurse

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