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Volunteer Service

 'Volunteers compliment the multi-disciplinary team to enhance quality of life for
both patient and carer'

 What can I do?

Supported by the Volunteer Co-ordinator, volunteers work in the day centre, their time being offered in hours/weeks/months or when called upon as appropriate in areas including:

  • Driving day unit patients to and from The Oaks
  • Reception - answering the telephone, photocopying and admin support
  • Day Care - helping to serve lunch, join in activities, coffee and tea duties, spending time with patients 
  • Therapists - qualified and experienced Complementary therapists, Beauty therapists, Hairdressers, Podiatrists
  • Creative activities - Gardening, arts and crafts, music therapy, specialist skills and knowledge

We will offer a choice of placement suited to your interests, skills and abilities.


Why become a volunteer?

Volunteering provides a chance to meet friends, learn new skills, improve existing skills and broaden your horizons...

By becoming a volunteer at The Oaks you will be contributing to enhancing the care and support of patients and their families, improving their quality of life and creating a warm, welcoming and friendly environment.


How do I become a part of the team?

To become a member of the volunteer team you will need to complete a volunteer application form.
Once your form has been completed the Volunteer Co-ordinator will contact you to arrange a suitable interview time.

All volunteers receive an induction and clear outlines of their tasks.

Application packs can be obtained by contacting:
Volunteer Co-ordinator
The Oaks
Morriston Road
Elgin

Tel: 01343 562451
Email: angela.stewart@nhs.net

If you are interested in volunteering in Aberdeen, please contact Fiona Thomson at Woodend Hospital on 01224 556645 (fiona.thomson3@nhs.net) or Mandy Urquhart at Roxburghe House on 01224 557100 (mandy.urquhart@nhs.net).

Please note the following:

All applicants will be required to provide two character references from people they have known for a minimum of 2 years.

We do not advise people to become volunteers if they have suffered bereavement in the last 2 years or are currently caring for a cancer patient.

We do not advise previous patients to become volunteers unless they have been discharged for 2 years.

All applicants must give at least a 6 month commitment.

You will also be asked to provide information of any convictions in relation to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Therapists will be required to produce qualification certificates and a valid public liability insurance certificate.

Drivers will be required to produce a copy of their driving licence, current MOT certificate and car insurance.


The Oaks Volunteers

There are currently 90 volunteers registered at The Oaks. Approximately 40 volunteers attend every week. 

Volunteers are offered training sessions which include Palliative Care, Infection Control, Fire Safety, Hand Care & Massage and Moving & Handling Talks.