We as a trust welcome and greatly appreciate the help and time that volunteers give to the hospitals and community locations throughout our footprint in Cheshire. Anyone over the age of 16 years can become a volunteer. The only qualifications needed are commitment, reliability, an understanding and liking of people and a willingness to help.

There are many varied volunteering roles within the trust and volunteers are based at all three hospitals - Macclesfield District General Hospital, Congleton War Memorial Hospital and Knutsford Community Hospital. 

A day in the life of a volunteer 

You can find out about what it is like to be a volunteer and read our volunteers stories on our a day in the life of a volunteer page. 

You can also read about Macmillan Centre volunteer Marjorie Eardley in this Macclesfield Express article.

Macclesfield Hosptial volunteer Marjorie Eardley featuring in the Macclesfield  Express

Volunteer roles

There are many different roles that volunteers can undertake in the trust, among them:

  • Mealtime assistants - distributing meal trays to patients, assisting them with opening containers and packets and cutting their food if needed. They also sit with patients to help encourage them to eat. Training is also given to enable volunteers to help feed patients.
  • Administration assistants - helping in the many clinics and back offices with filing, taking telephone messages and computer work in some cases.
  • Fundraising volunteers - supporting the Trust Charity ECHO to raise funds for various projects throughout the Trust. Volunteers help to plan and help carry out fundraising events such as the annual Pancake Race, bag sales, sponsored runs and activities. They also help with administering the charity,  putting together and distributing leaflets and posters and marketing ECHO in general.
  • Activity volunteers -  assisting nursing staff to engage and support patients in social activities on a one to one basis, such as playing cards, dominoes and playing bingo. Also setting up small interactive groups eg knitting, music, or gardening groups, in order to encourage the rehabilitation of patients and promote health and wellbeing.

Training and ongoing support is provided to all volunteers in the trust.

How to become a volunteer

The volunteer department holds regular open sessions. These happen on an ad-hoc basis so please contact ecn-tr.volunteering@nhs.net or call Lucy Willder on 01625 661974 for further information and the next session date.

This session usually lasts an hour and you will learn what roles are currently available at the trust, how the application process works and what the trust expects from volunteers. 

Students are always welcome at the trust and we have a high number apply every year, but we also love having older people volunteer with us as they have a lot of experience they can bring to the various roles. 

Work Experience

If you would like to volunteer for work experience, up to 1 week in duration, please contact Wendy Scragg on wendyscragg@nhs.net.

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