By helping our staff with tasks, supporting patients and visitors, and bringing a spirit of goodwill and enthusiasm to our hospitals, volunteers play a vital role in the working of our hospitals.

Volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work, or do work experience. They are not directly involved in patient care but they do help to provide the extra support we need. We do not offer any short-term volunteering opportunities. 

Minimum requirements

We ask that volunteers are able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week for 6 months. This helps us to ensure that your experience is valuable and rewarding to you as well as our patients and staff.

The minimum age we can accept as a volunteer is 18 years old.


We offer a variety of roles and will help find or make a role that is suited to your experience, skills and wishes. Our volunteering team will help guide and support you through your volunteering.

Volunteering should work for you as well as us, which is why we offer support and training throughout your time with us.

Our volunteers work in many areas across our hospitals. Find out more about our volunteer roles and how to apply

Support, development and training

We promote personal development for volunteers as well as staff and want you to benefit from volunteering for us. If you have an interest in a particular area or are a student and want to gain knowledge from specific departments and professionals, let us know and we will do our best to help.

All volunteers are trained in:

  • health and safety
  • fire evacuation
  • infection control (hand washing to combat hospital infections)
  • basic life support (if desired)
  • safeguarding

We provide:

  • detailed volunteer guidelines and building maps
  • clearly defined tasks for volunteers working on the wards