Radio Sunderland for Hospitals, which is a registered charity run by a small team of enthusiastic unpaid volunteers, provides a patient visiting and a free 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".
Anyone aged 16 or over can be a volunteer at Radio Sunderland - there is no upper limit!
However, you will need to make an application to become a hospital volunteer (see below).
No experience is required as full training is given.
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 visit our studios for a behind the scenes look at the production and broadcasting of our patient request programme Ward Call.
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 equipment and computers, the organising of publicity, fund raising and other administrative tasks that are required to keep things running smoothly.
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.
We believe volunteers should get as much out of volunteering as they put in:
This video shows the work of volunteers in a typical Hospital Radio station.
You can also watch on YouTube by clicking here.
After your taster sessions, we will invite you to start training and attend an induction session.
Then within a few short weeks you could be visiting patients and broadcasting live to our listeners and you may even wish join our football commentary team or to go on and develop a programme of your own.
Once you have successfully completed your application and training you will then become eligible for full membership.
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:
Please note: that in order to comply with our duty of care and vulnerable persons protection. Volunteers working within a hospital are required to become a hospital volunteer and comply with the hospital’s volunteer policy, which includes a criminal record disclosure.
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