Placement & Training


For your first volunteering session, we will endeavour to arrange a shadowing session with an existing volunteer who will be able to guide you and answer any questions. A member of the voluntary services team will take you to your placement area and introduce you to staff and other volunteers.

For most of our volunteer roles you will be required to work independently, so you will need to be sufficiently confident to approach people and talk to them. You will need to familiarise yourself with the role description for your placement and ensure that you are aware of the person in charge of each shift.

It can take a few volunteering sessions before you start to feel comfortable in your new role but in time you are sure to settle in and really enjoy your volunteering. We will contact you after 6 weeks to review your placement and to ensure you are happy in your role.


Some of our specialist volunteer roles require volunteers to attend some additional training. Individual training requirements will be discussed when negotiating placements and arrangements will be made for attending appropriate courses as necessary. Current training options for volunteers are:

  • Wheelchair pushing
  • Nutrition and Feeding
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Reading Aloud