Radio Sunderland for Hospitals which is a registered charity run by a small team of enthusiastic unpaid volunteers, provides a patient visiting and personal radio service.
There are a variety of tasks involved in running Radio Sunderland and we are always looking for new volunteers to help keep us "on-air".
This video shows the work of a typical Hospital Radio station.
You can also watch by clicking here.
Anyone aged 16 or over can be a volunteer at Radio Sunderland - there is no upper limit! No experience is required as full training is given.
Although our members are all volunteers, we do try to run the station along professional lines and we ask any prospective member to consider carefully the level of commitment joining us would entail - it requires a high degree of dedication.
As a member, your minimum commitment would be just a few hours each week, mainly evenings and weekends consisting of:
Please note: that in order to comply with our duty of care and vulnerable persons protection. Members working within hospital wards are required to comply with the hospital’s volunteer policy, which includes a criminal record disclosure.
People volunteer for many reasons, especially wanting to help others.
But volunteering also affords benefits to the volunteer!
Here are just a few of the many as identified by volunteers:
If you are able to commit to a few hours every week, then the first thing you should do is contact us to say that you are interested in becoming a volunteer. You will then be invited to one of our regular open evenings held at our studios.
At this meeting you will have opportunity to take a look around and to meet some of our volunteers. It will also be explained to you what we get up to, this will help you decide how you might like to become involved.
The open evening is very informal and totally without any obligation or commitment on your behalf, only after the visit will we ask if you still interested in volunteering and want to complete an application form.
If you decide that you would like to join our team, then you will be invited to come back to the studio for a behind the scenes look at the production and broadcasting of our patient request programme “Ward Call”.
Meanwhile we will begin processing your membership application.
Depending on what you would like to do, we will arrange for you to go onto the wards at the Royal Hospital with one of our experienced ward visitors (every member is a ward visitor). For those wishing to also work in the studio we organise presenter and/or technical training, initially based around you becoming part of a “Ward Call” production team.
Within a few short weeks you should be broadcasting live to our listeners and you may wish to go on and develop a programme of your own.
As well as ward visiting and working in the studio, there are a host of other management skills required to run and maintain a successful organisation, such as technical maintenance of our studio and broadcast equipment, the organising of publicity and fund raising and other administrative tasks that are required to keep things running smoothly.
Before you can become a member and a regular ward visitor you will have to apply to the HR Department at the Royal Hospital for a volunteer identification pass. This can be a little involved, but don’t worry we will guide you through the process.
Once you have successfully completed your application and training you will then become eligible for full membership.
We believe that volunteering is a two-way process.
Our members provide much-needed help, and we ask a lot from them:
We believe you should get as much out of volunteering as you put in:
Many of our existing members who are in full time work or education, find that they can easily fit in their routine volunteering commitment and have been involved for well over a decade; they find it extremely rewarding and we hope that you might too.
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