Local Community Connect team at local Community Hospital in Arundel

community Arundel Hospital entrance

Sussex Community Foundation Trust’s vision

The present Arundel Hospital was opened in 1932, built on land donated by Bernard, Duke of Norfolk and funded by local people and businesses

Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT) are the main provider of community NHS health and care across Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, High Weald Lewes and Havens and West Sussex.

They work to help people plan, manage and adapt to changes in their health, to prevent avoidable admission to hospital and to minimise hospital stay. Their aim is to deliver ‘the right services to the right people, in the right place, by the right people and at the right time’.

The team’s ward manager Leonie Kirwan, who is supporting the volunteer program, said: “Volunteers make such a difference to the hospital they will support the smooth running of the ward.”

Volunteers as a key part of their vision

They have a dedicated Voluntary and Community Development service that provides support across the organisation. The Volunteering Programme has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers UK Quality Standard. SCFT rely on volunteers to support their work.

Volunteers play a part in supporting the delivery of care to the many people who use the services. They have a diverse number of volunteer roles in Arundel that help towards achieving the trust’s ambition and improving patient care. Staff, patients, carers and volunteers themselves gain a lot of value from being an integral part of the team.

Local community hospital in Arundel needs the support of volunteers. Most volunteering takes place 7 days a week. Shift patterns are two/three hours. They do ask for a commitment of six months although there may be other opportunities to volunteer for a shorter period subject to availability.

Benefits of Community Connect

  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Improve your wellbeing

SCFT offer a comprehensive training programme, people can choose to work towards the certificate of Health Education England.

  • SCFT recognise the contribution volunteers make to service delivery
  • Volunteers contribute to the increase in resource for SCFT services
  • Volunteers have a positive impact on the quality and innovation which leads to an increase in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating

SCFT offer support whilst in your role which include a supervision programme and peer support. Mary and Elaine are two of their volunteers.

Mary said: “I really enjoy volunteering, I’ve met lots of friendly people – a real range of different people, old and young and have had really interesting conversations with so many of them and they are all so appreciative of us volunteers. The volunteer team is a good team to work with, we have lots of laughs and feel we are doing a worthwhile job.”

Elaine said: “I’ve been a volunteer for SCFT for over ten years having started with my dog, who’s PAT therapy dog. I later moved to a driving team and then a ward placement. During this time I was also honoured to be part of the hugely successful Covid Vaccination volunteer team.

“Working with SCFT is extremely rewarding and can cover many interesting roles, I am a very proud member of the trust”.

To find out more about volunteering for SCFT visit their website www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/work-with-us

If you can’t find what you are looking for the email the team on: [email protected] or phone: 01273 696011 ext.8388


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