Volunteer

The gift of your time is very precious to us. Volunteers are needed in every department and make a valuable contribution to the smooth running of the organisation, keeping costs down and bringing a multitude of skills and experience. 

About half the number of people working at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing are volunteers. The time they offer can be as little as a couple of hours per month through to a couple of days per week.  

Volunteers come at many different stages of life offering a variety of interests, skills and experience but are not always sure of how they might help.   We have a wide variety of roles and we  can nearly always find something to suit!  In return, we know that our volunteers enjoy both contributing to the special healing ministry that is found at Burrswood, and belonging to a very special ‘family’.

Our volunteers are involved in:
•    providing a warm welcome for our patients, guests and visitors
•    supporting the chaplaincy team 
•    assisting in the bookshop 
•    providing activities for guests and patients
•    helping to serve in Burrswood Tea Room
•    arranging flowers 
•    gardening 
•    supporting the estates team with general maintenance 
•    providing administrative support in a number of departments 
•    working in the Crowborough charity shop

Volunteers required 

We are looking for:
  • Admin volunteer
  • Bookshop volunteer
  • Volunteer buggy driver
  • Volunteer counsellors and psychotherapists 
  • Volunteer finance assistant
  • Volunteer flower arranger
  • Volunteer charity shop assistant
  • Volunteer prayer minister
  • Volunteer steward for healing services
  • Volunteer steward on retreats
  • Volunteer tea room assistant
  • Volunteer to help conduct a survey
  • Volunteer to help on rest & relaxation days offered to carers
  • Volunteer craft activities provider
  • Volunteer chaplain
  • Volunteer lead host (one individual or couple) for Christmas House Party
  • Volunteer hospitality hosts for Christmas House Party 
For further information please contact Haritha on 01892 865978 or email haritha.pattabhi@burrswood.org.uk with your CV and application form.
 

Paul – Volunteer Administrative Assistant, Burrswood Health & Wellbeing

After retiring from full-time work 12 years ago l thought it would help alleviate some of my boredom if I took on a bit of voluntary work. The roles I was considering weren’t exactly my thing: car park attendant and an elf (it was Christmas time)!

But fortunately l came across Burrswood Health and Wellbeing and (more by accident than design) began working in the Counselling Department in January this year, assisting with administration. At Burrswood I have been able to use the skills I gained working for many years as a facilities manager at Royal Bank of Scotland and have implemented new systems in the Counselling Department that have benefited my colleagues.

I initially started working for one day a week and have enjoyed my time at Burrswood so much that I have now increased to two. I find it rewarding to be around a team of professionals who do so much to help patients going through a difficult phase of their lives. 

Julie Shannon, head of the Counselling Department, says my help has been “invaluable” and that my “lively personality” has brought “life into the team”. From my perspective, the role has given me a new sense of purpose that has benefited my own health and wellbeing.

Burrswood Health & Wellbeing has a variety of volunteer roles available throughout the organisation. Please contact Haritha Pattabhi for more information on 01892 865978 or haritha.pattabhi@burrswood.org.uk