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Weekend Trolley Volunteer - Friends of DCH


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Friends of DCH
Approximately 8am – 11am on Saturday and Sunday
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Dorset County Hospital
23/10/2018 23:59

Outstanding Care, Outstanding Careers


Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

Outstanding Location

West Dorset with its outstanding scenery and rugged coastline is characterised by a number of small towns, each with a distinct identity. The coastline is protected by World Heritage as a site of outstanding natural beauty.

Dorchester is an intriguing mix of historic and the modern, with the new Brewery Square development offering a vibrant and sophisticated leisure and shopping complex.

The local schools are amongst the best in the country with a mix of public and private education.

The hospital is close to the town centre of Dorchester, and has excellent bus and rail networks, making the major centres of Bournemouth, Bath, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol easily accessible

Outstanding Rewards

NHS Discount Scheme – free to join and a huge range of discounts for NHS staff

Childcare Support – our staff receive discounted rates at Sunny Days Nurseries and we also provide a childcare voucher scheme.

Cycle to Work Scheme – we run a Cycle to Work Scheme, offering savings on the cost of a new bike plus cycling equipment

Pension – the NHS offers one of the UK’s best pension schemes with an excellent package of benefits

Flexible working – a range options including compressed hours, term-time contracts and part-time working

Staff Recognition – as well as regular appraisals, local and corporate inductions, we recognise the great work of our staff through the Monthly Hospital Heroes Award and the Annual Gem Awards

Employee Support and Wellbeing– A free, confidential counselling service for both work and non-work related matters. A physiotherapy service is also available.

Outstanding Career

The Friends of DCH are looking for Weekend Trolley Volunteers to join their existing community of volunteers. This is a really important role and we are looking for volunteers who can help with the trolley round at weekends.   If you enjoy talking to people and could spare some time out of your weekend this could be for you. You don’t have to commit to every weekend, for example you could do 1 or 2 a month.


The patients really look forward to seeing our volunteers for a chat and to buy things, mainly newspapers. It is an ideal opportunity for students looking to work in a hospital environment, those looking to give something back to their community or for people who have recently retired, new to the area etc.


We ideally need 3 people each day, one to push the “Newspaper” trolley, one for “Main” trolley and one person to open doors and guide the main trolley and help with sales.



Initial training will be carried out by “Trolley Trainers”. These are long-standing volunteers who will work with you to ensure you are fully trained.


All volunteers will have a local induction on their first day with the Manager. You will also need to attend the full Trust Induction progamme, there is a requirement for all new Trust employees and volunteers to attend this training. This training is mandatory and MUST be completed within 3 months of starting work. Volunteers are also required to do a 2 hour refresher training session annually.


Shift time – Approximately 8am – 11am, Saturday and Sunday

Positive about disabled people

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sharon Merritt, Friends of DCH Manager on 01305 255896, alternatively you can send an email to

If you have problems applying, contact

01305 255239