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
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 volunteer.
Meet some of our volunteer porters
Peter, 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.”
When Alex's dad's life was saved after major heart surgery, Alex wanted to give something back to the NHS and has now neem a porter for over six year. Alex, who has autism, said: "I believe my social skills have much improved since taking up this role. I like how involved I am, and it give me a sense of responsibility, I feel part of team and I've made good friends with other porters." Alex would recommend this role to anyone that has time on their hands and wants to give something back to the community.