Volunteer porters play an important role in daily scheduled care operations. We have an established team of 30 volunteers to meet our scheduled crews and convey patients from our vehicles to their point of clinical care and return to the vehicles.
Being a volunteer porter is an excellent way to meet new people and gain experience of working within an Ambulance Service and NHS environment before applying for permanent employment.
The basic criteria you need to be considered are:
- Over 18 years old
- Be of a caring nature
- Be of good character and able to provide two references
- Undergo an enhanced DBS check
- Undergo Occupational Health Clearance
We have opportunities to volunteer at:
- Wansbeck Hospital
- North Tyneside Hospital
- The Freeman Hospital
- Royal Victoria Infirmary
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Find out more here.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application form and POST it to the Freepost address below (EMAILED COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED):
Volunteer Development Team
North East Ambulance Service, NHS Foundation Trust.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
If you wish to contact the Volunteer Development Team for any further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet some of our volunteer porters
Andrew Johnson from Whitley Bay, has been a volunteer porter since March 17 volunteering at the Freeman Hospital. Andy embraced the role of the volunteer porter and the purpose it was introduced, to assist the patients and make them feel at ease whilst at hospital. Andrew has contacted control several times to check on a patient’s transport. Andrew has received appreciations from patients and their escorts who have commented on how helpful, pleasant and cheerful Andrew is.
Peter Devlin, from North Shields volunteers for the Trust as a Porter. Previous to volunteering with the trust he worked for Remploy for 14 years and also volunteers for North Tyneside General Hospital in the RVS shop. He said, “I wanted to do some volunteering work to meet people and to help with my CV. I wanted to be a full time porter at my local hospital, it didn’t work out, but I got the opportunity to volunteer in a similar role. I find it very enjoyable and I get on very well with the other volunteers and hospital staff.”