Staff volunteering

Are you interested in volunteering to help deal with the impact of Coronavirus on our community?

We have been approached by the Hywel Dda University Health Board who are keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering for a range of roles at Bronglais General Hospital.  We’re also aware that other organisations may appeal for volunteers as the situation progresses.

We are keen to do our bit for the local NHS and put the opportunity for volunteering to our staff. We also recognise that at a very local level, colleagues may well be helping in small but other important ways – for example helping with shopping for neighbours in the vulnerable groups.

Hywel Dda are interested in hearing from you with your skill set so they can potentially match you to pieces of work or activities – in many areas that are not clinical functions.  

The first step is to speak to your line manager to see if they can support you taking time to volunteer during work time. We’re keen to support applications to volunteer, and are keen to facilitate this while ensuring that prioritised work tasks can still be completed.  We must, or course, keep University operations going.

If, after the initial discussion with the line manager, you are still interested in volunteering for Hywel Dda, you will need to complete the Volunteer Information Form below and return it to Heather Hinkin, Deputy Director of HR, at heh@aber.ac.uk Heather will then liaise with our Health Board contact about your volunteer application.

Hywel Dda has confirmed that volunteers will be covered by the Health Board insurance. You would be given induction training, condensed at the present time, which we have been advised is adequate for your own and patient safety.  

Volunteers would be deemed key workers and thus able to travel to-and-from the place of work whilst volunteering for the Health Board. 

The guidance relating to suitability for this type of volunteering is covered in the forms below. As examples, we would not expect any person self-isolating or practising social distancing for health reasons (e.g. diabetic) to apply. 

If opportunities to volunteer are agreed between you and your line manager, and you have been accepted by Hywel Dda as a volunteer, please be sure to use the absence request function ('Covid19 Volunteer Activities') on Aber People to formally request and receive approval from your line manager before actually taking up any volunteering roles with any other organisation. When making the request you must also provide a description of the volunteering activity in the ‘Additional Information’ field. 

We would also be interested to hear from you if you can help out in other areas of the University - we will publish more details about this soon.