What volunteering roles can I do? There are a number of roles that you can help with at the Hospital Expand Current volunteering roles at Darent Valley Hospital include: Ward Visitors help make patients’ time in hospital more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading and running errands. Dementia Buddy Volunteers are ward based volunteers, supporting older patients with Dementia and those without, through social interaction and activities which help maintain cognitive capabilities such as talking, listening and reading. We offer Dementia training so that volunteers have a good understanding of Dementia and how they can positively engage with our patients. Caring Companions provide additional support for lone patients in short stay Hospital areas including A&E, giving comfort, company and time to lone older patients, offering reassurance, compassion and social interaction. For this role volunteers should be aged 18 years+. Meet and Greet Volunteers are located at the main entrance or in other departments giving patients and visitors directions and escorting them. Meal Assistant Volunteers assist patients with eating and drinking at mealtimes. Chaplaincy Volunteers offer spiritual, religious, pastoral and practical support to patients of all beliefs. This is more of a listening and responding role rather than about religion or belief Pets as Therapy Volunteers (need to be members of PAT) provide general company to patients on wards/departments who respond positively to pets. Patient Feedback Volunteers promote and support the collection of patient feedback via the Friends and Family Test. Clerical Volunteers help behind the scenes with filing, photocopying, packing envelopes and running errands. Fundraising Volunteers help the Fundraising Department with the organisation of events, distribution of draw tickets, mail-shots etc. in line with the business of Valley Hospital Charity. Valley Park Radio Volunteers either present or help behind the scenes to deliver live and pre-recorded radio shows to patients through the hospital radio station. Current volunteering roles at Queen Mary's Hospital include: Ward Visitors help make patients’ time in hospital more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading and running errands.