Befriending opportunities

Rampton High Secure Hospital

Rampton Hospital is seeking to recruit enthusiastic people to volunteer their time and become part of its befriending scheme.

Rampton Hospital Befriending Scheme is patient centered and gives priority to patients who have little or no contact with the outside world

Volunteer befrienders are recruited according to the needs of the patients and to reflect the population of the hospital. They are recruited from many diverse sources with particular emphasis on matching ethnicity and the specific needs of the patient, such as male or female, young or more mature, speaking the patient’s own language or being proficient in sign language.

There are only three requirements for willing volunteers;

  • that you are over the age of 21
  • you are able to commit up to two hours per month to patient visits
  • that you complete a three day training course, provided at the Hospital

As the majority of the patient population is male however, there is a greater demand for male volunteers.

There is no fixed length of service, but it is preferable for volunteers to commit to an initial 12 month period where possible in order to be able to develop consistency for patients.


How do you become a volunteer befriender?

Contact us and we will arrange a suitable time for you to come in and have an informal chat. If you do wish to become a volunteer with us, you will need to complete a registration form in which you will be asked to supply names and addresses of two referees and we will complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check.

Once all the checks have been carried out, potential volunteer befrienders are invited to attend three in depth training days covering the role of the hospital, all aspects of security, patient confidentiality, boundaries, safeguarding and all the information required to visit a patient safely and effectively in a high secure environment.

Recruitment and training is two way and is a selection process from beginning to end both to ensure that the volunteer is suitable to befriend in a high secure hospital and for the volunteer to make absolutely certain that the high secure environment is suitable for them.

All our volunteers will receive support from the Volunteer Service, as well as reimbursement of expenses, invitations to events and the opportunity to become a member of Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact:

Val Strawson, Volunteer Manager

Telephone: 01777 247653 Email:

Jo-Anne Padley, Volunteer Coordinator

Telephone: 01777 247539 Email: