Volunteer Befriender – Rampton

  • Existing NottsHC Volunteers
  • New Volunteer Applicants
  • Rampton (Remote)

Website Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Volunteer Befriender (Rampton)

About Rampton:

Rampton Hospital is one of 3 national high secure hospitals. It is based in North Nottinghamshire.  The Hospital provides quality services for approximately 300 patients (male and female) requiring care and treatment in conditions of high security, through five clinical services. (Mental Health, Personality Disorder,  Learning Disability, Woman’s Service & Deaf Services).

To find out more about the hospital please look at the Rampton Hospital webpages: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/rampton-hospital

Role Description:

Rampton Hospital is seeking to recruit enthusiastic, empathic, caring people to volunteer their time and become part of its befriending scheme. Our Befriending Scheme is patient centered and gives priority to patients who have little or no contact with the outside world.

Our volunteers bring their skills, their knowledge, and a desire to make a difference to our services and the lives of the patients we care for. We train, support, and develop our volunteers so they can play a meaningful and valuable role.

We hear stories every week from our volunteers themselves, and from the staff and patients they work with, about the incredible difference volunteers make to people’s lives. We are proud of our volunteers and the enormous contribution they make.

We’re looking for people who want to help us deliver the best care we can to our patients. It’s always useful if you have a relevant skill (for example you’re a good listener, you have previous experience of supporting vulnerable people, or you are a keen gardener or musician) because everyone has something unique, they can offer!

For more information you may wish to visit our website.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from you.


  • can commit to a minimum of two hours per month.
  • have some understanding of mental health issues, intellectual and developmental disabilities (learning disabilities) or substance misuse issues.
  • are over the age of 21.
  • The hospital is remote with no public transport and so being able to drive is desirable

We ask befrienders to an initial commitment of a 12-month period.  This is to enable and develop a consistency for patients.

More information on Rampton and the Family and Volunteer Support Service is available on Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s website.

What Nottinghamshire Healthcare offers volunteers:


All volunteers in Nottinghamshire Healthcare are supported by a dedicated team of staff and each volunteer will have a named person within the Volunteering Team as their point of contact. If volunteers are within services, they will also have a named staff member within the service itself. We offer provide regular supervisions with each volunteer to help review their support, their training and their voluntary role.

Training & Development

We offer support in completing the Volunteer Passport and completing the National Volunteer Certificate and regularly advertise further development and training opportunities that are available through partner organisations.


We’re proud of our community of volunteers that we support throughout Nottinghamshire Healthcare. They are integrated into staff teams and within our services with patients and carers. Our Involvement Centres act as hubs for their work, training and events. We also offer an online NottsHC Volunteer Hub to further support and nurture our community of volunteers.

How to Apply

Current Nottinghamshire Healthcare Volunteers:

Please check that your mandatory training is up to date and contact the Volunteering Team to express your interest in the role.

New Volunteer Applicants:

If you are interested in becoming a befriender at Rampton, please contact the Family and Volunteer Support Service Team.

Telephone: 01777 247336/7557

Email: FamilyandVolunteerServiceRH@nottshc.nhs.uk

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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