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Wellness Volunteers

Wellness Volunteers

Volunteering provides benefits which are above and beyond those supplied by statutory services, and it improves the quality of people’s lives. There are several volunteering schemes currently running across the Health Board:

  • Meet and Greet
  • Activity Volunteers
  • Dementia Buddies/Ward Volunteers
  • Maternity Buddies
  • Chaplaincy Volunteers


Volunteering is for anyone who has time to spare and would like to support our staff and patients. As well as the difference volunteering makes to the lives of others, it can also have a positive personal impact. It allows you to make new friends, improve your self-confidence, develop new skills, feel part of a team, and make a valuable contribution.

Before committing to a voluntary role, it is important that you think about why you want to volunteer in a health care setting, and whether you are motivated and able to attend for at least four hours per week.

There is a minimum age of 17 for the General Wards and 18 for Maternity Wards. Meet and Greet volunteers are accepted from ages 16 and up.

Reasonable adjustments can also be made to support volunteers.

You can contact the Volunteer Service the following ways:

Telephone: 01656 753783
Post: Volunteer Service, Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN

There is a robust recruitment process for volunteering at the Health Board and you will be required to:

  • Attend an informal interview.
  • Complete an application form, including contact details for references.
  • Agree and sign a volunteer and confidentiality agreement.
  • Complete an Occupational Health check questionnaire and attend a meeting if required.
  • Undergo a risk assessment.
  • Complete a Volunteer Induction Session.
  • Complete Dementia Awareness and other training sessions where appropriate.
  • Potentially complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, depending on the volunteer role.