Ward Activities Volunteer

There are a range of Ward Activity Volunteer (WAV) roles available which aim to engage with our patients in art and craft, reminiscing, reading, jigsaws and game sessions. Working in small patient groups or with individuals our goal is to provide therapeutic and stimulating activities which enhance the patient experience and accelerate patient recovery.

Activity sessions will depend on the group or individual patient requirements on the day, so a flexible approach is essential. There is scope to expand activities should a volunteer have a suitable skill or interest appropriate to share with patient groups.


Basic duties are undertaken as follows:

• To report to nursing staff on arrival and when leaving

• Check with nursing, therapy or clinical staff to identify suitable patients to engage with activity - volunteer is not required to act independently

• Attend training to support WAV role

• Follow guidelines on providing 1:1 and small group activities on the ward

• Adapt activities to be inclusive to the needs of the patients

• Attend Dementia training sessions if required

• Follow all organisational procedures identified in training and Volunteer Handbook

• Follow the Information Governance procedures regarding confidentiality

• Alert nursing staff to any concerns you have regarding patients or ward environment


• Wear ID Badge

Time wise commitment will depend on the activity. Art and craft groups take around two hours, allowing for set-up time and clearing up. Reading sessions can be as short as 45 minutes. A minimum commitment to one session per week is required.


Essential Skills:

- Willingness to undertake on-the-job training in the role

- Confident communicator

- Able to work effectively as part of a team

- Ability to work on own initiative

- Friendly and caring personality

- Reliable and self-motivated

Desirable but not essential:

- Experience of working in a care/clinical environment with older people

- Experience of teaching or skill sharing

- Creative skill

- Imaginative and innovative

Training is provided and monthly update meetings to share good practice are held.

Volunteers must complete a Corporate Induction Programme and attend a local induction at the location.

Volunteers with Provide can access and update their IT skills through a series of workshops:


Word - beginners, intermediate and advanced

Excel - beginners, intermediate and advanced

Dementia Level 2 training is also available.


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 16/01/2017

End Date: 16/01/2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

One to 2 hours - minimum once a week.


This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Maldon

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