Mealtime Support Volunteer

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

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Mealtime Support volunteers aged 18+ required at Lewes Intermediate Care Unit (ICUs). In our ICUs throughout Sussex, our patients are offered short term recovery and rehabilitation. SCFT’s aim is to keep patients out of hospital where we can and supporting patients to leave hospital.

Volunteer role is to provide practical mealtime support to identified patients on our bedded units and also promote nutrition and hydration to patients.

It is essential that volunteers can take an initiative-taking approach to the role, whilst always being guided by their supervisor and wishes of the patients. We are looking for volunteers that can commit to one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months.


The Skills you need:

  •  Well presented, with a friendly and approachable manner and good verbal communication skills.
  •  An ability to relate well to people on a one-to-one basis and be sympathetic to others’ situations.
  •  An ability to be patient and calm even in the face of difficult situations. Demonstrate empathy and compassion where needed.
  •  Punctual and dependable.
  •  An ability to act on own initiative within the role description.
  •  Punctual and dependable.
  •  An ability to start conversations/activities without prompting.
  •  A willingness to be flexible and to follow the guidance of a Placement Supervisor.
  •  A commitment to the trust’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies.
  •  A willingness to abide by the Sussex Community’s volunteer guidelines, including rules on Confidentiality, Health and Safety, Safeguarding Adults and Children and Manual Handling.


  1.  Gain experience of working in a medical environment 
  2.  Opportunity to provide companionship to a wide range of patients
  3.  Fast paced and rewarding environment to volunteer in.

Practical Considerations

Volunteer must be aged 18+ and happy to interact with vulnerable and elderly patients

When do I need to be available?

Details Will be discussed at interview
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Voluntary & Community Development Services, A Block
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
East Sussex

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    Opportunity to obtain a nationally recognoised qualifcation
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training