Volunteer with us - make a difference

Find out how to volunteer with us and the volunteering process.

Volunteers enhance the quality of life for the people who use our services, and we are keen for people from all sections of the local community to be involved in our work.

We value the contribution of volunteers as an integral part of the services we provide:

  • Services for people with Learning Disabilities
  • Mental health services for people of all ages in the community and in hospital
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Specialist Services such as eating disorders and health psychology.

You might become a volunteer for one of many reasons – perhaps to help gain experience before applying for a job in a particular field or because you have recently retired and are looking for ways to keep busy and give something back into their community.

People who have used our services sometimes return to us as volunteers, which can be a really useful way of regaining lost confidence or gaining experience before returning to employment.

 

Your questions answered

What are looking for in a volunteer?

As you will be representing our organisation, our volunteers must have
some very special personal qualities:

  • Commitment, reliability and flexibility
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • An understanding of the importance of patient confidentiality
  • Being trustworthy and responsible
  • Kindness, respect and a friendly manner.

For some roles our volunteers are given necessary role-specific training or need to show they have the relevant skills, experience or interest in the position.

If you are on benefits, you can volunteer with us but may need to remain available for work. Please check with JobCentre Plus to see how volunteering affects your individual circumstances.

What type of work can I do?

You can help by doing anything that enhances people's lives. The hours and days of volunteering offered vary but can often be tailored to your availability.

If you have a specific voluntary role in mind then mention it in your initial application to us and we will try to match you up with a role. If you are flexible about the type of work you can do then we will discuss all available options with you when you contact us and try to find you a suitable role.

Will I be out of pocket?

Volunteers are entitled to the reimbursement of expenses you have to pay as a result of your volunteering activities, so that might include travel costs from your home to where you do your voluntary work.

Get in touch

Please contact us for an informal chat about how you might volunteer.

Tel: 01372 216184
SMS text: 07786 202545
Email: volunteers@sabp.nhs.uk

Alternatively, please download our volunteering Trust information and our application form and return it, completed and signed, by post to:

Joanne Massey Shand
Involvement and Volunteering Manager
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
Trust Headquarters 
18 Mole Business Park 
Randalls Road 
Leatherhead 
KT22 7AD

Next steps

If successful, we undertake various checks before you can start volunteering with us, such as:

  • A Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS, formerly known as a CRB or Criminal Records Bureau check). Details can be found on the DBS section of the Government's website
  • A right to work check
  • An Occupational Health check.

We also ask for two references who can vouch for your application and we need to see original documents that provide evidence of your identity and address.

We may do other checks, depending on your individual circumstances.