Smoothie Services Volunteer

Hammersmith and Fulham, London (Greater)
Voluntary Work
24 Jun 2022
24 Sep 2022
Health and Medical
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours, 10 to 20 hours
Long Term

What you will be doing

  • Speak to patients to offer a smoothie
  • Encourage more reluctant patients by explaining to them what goes in the smoothie and how they are made and what the value is to them
  • Offer other refreshments, such as tea, coffee and water
  • Liaise with kitchen staff in the preparation areas to ensure the equipment is available and in good working order and that the ingredients have been delivered
  • Prepare the smoothies in the kitchen, following the approved recipe and upholding high levels of cleanliness and hygiene standards
  • Deliver smoothies to patients that have ordered one, being mindful to follow any contact precaution signs on doors to side rooms
  • Ensure kitchen area is left clean and tidy, with all ingredients not used stored appropriately
  • Support other non-clinical tasks for the ward, as requested by the ward staff
  • Where appropriate, carry out feedback surveys with patients

The skills you need

  • A friendly, positive, adaptable and approachable manner
  • Ability to be empathetic, patient and calm in difficult situations if they arise
  • Ability to work well within a diverse team
  • Ability to follow instructions and be flexible when things change
  • Ability to act on own initiative within set boundaries
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including English language
  • Ability to respond to patient needs in a proactive and caring way
  • Physically able to volunteer on your feet for several hours at a time and push a trolley to patients' bedsides
  • Knowledge or understanding of hygiene standards in a food preparation setting would be an advantage, but training will be provided

What's in it for you

  • A fun and fulfilling opportunity to give back to your local community as well as use and develop your skills
  • Recognition for your contribution as a volunteer via our awards scheme and regular newsletter
  • Reimbursement of agreed out of pocket expenses for travel and refreshments
  • Volunteer Core Training and ongoing role-specific guidance, support and training
  • Additional learning opportunities to help you grow and develop in your volunteer role and beyond
  • An official volunteer uniform to wear whilst volunteering
  • A named member of staff as a main point of contact who will support you, manage your tasks, answer questions and provide help when you need it
  • Regular contact and support from staff within the Volunteering Department, including a dedicated hospital volunteering team based at your main hospital site
  • An opportunity to feed back about your experience volunteering with us

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