Volunteer Visitor/Dog Visitor (Trustwide)

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Under the guidance of the Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team and in partnership with Occupational Therapy staff, the Dog volunteer will provide an opportunity for patients and families to meet a registered dog and to engage in one to one contact in a safe environment.


  • Trust wide – in services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Time commitment:

To be negotiated with Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team and the hospital/unit staff.

Key tasks:

  • To be guided by the Occupational Therapy staff on appropriate activities for patients.
  • Supervises, instructs, encourages and interacts with patients as they participate.
  • Alerts unit staff to any issues of concern
  • Welcomes any patients/visitors
  • Provide dog activities and support where necessary

Desired skills and experience:

  • Dog Charity registered
  • Pet to be Insured and up to date with all required vaccinations, etc
  • Experience of volunteering/working with Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.
  • Listening skills
  • Sensitive and tactful nature
  • Emotionally mature
  • Compassion
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Understanding of (ability to learn) personal/professional boundaries

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. We offer reimbursement of out of pocket expenses, as detailed in expenses policy. References can also be provided after six months of volunteering

Training & Development

We offer support in completing the National Volunteer Certificate and offer further development and training opportunities that are available.

You will also receive an induction to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as well as a local induction to the service/placement location.


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

New Volunteer Applicants:

All new volunteer applicants for this role must complete and return a Registration Form. Completed forms can be emailed back to the Volunteering Team Volunteering@NottsHC.nhs.uk or sent via post to the DMH Involvement Centre, Duncan MacMillan House, Porchester Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 6AA

Please note:

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. If successfully shortlisted for this role, you will be sent an invite to interview and links to complete an online DBS check, links to online training which must be completed before the role starts. If you had any questions about the role, the application process or about volunteering with us, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

Closing date for applications: Ongoing

Interview date: To be arranged upon application

Current Nottinghamshire Healthcare Volunteers:

If you already volunteer with us, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and return to the Volunteering Team. Completed forms can be emailed back to the Volunteering Team volunteering@nottshc.nhs.uk or sent to one of the Involvement Centres.

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