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Volunteers

Volunteers can be found all over our hospitals helping us provide that little bit extra for patients and making their stay as pleasant as possible. Volunteers work alongside our clinical teams in supporting patients’ general well-being or social needs while they’re in hospital. No matter what your age or background, volunteering is a great way of doing something worthwhile and rewarding while at the same time opening up new horizons for you.

What we do

There's no such person as a typical volunteer. People join us from all walks of life and willingly give up a few hours of their time each week to help our patients.

Our volunteers help out in many different ways by directly supporting patients old and young, or through helping out with fund-raising activities.

Whether you're or at the start of your career looking to develop new skills, or have time on your hands and want to use your experiences of life and work to benefit others, volunteering is the ideal way of putting something back into your local community.

Some ways in which volunteers help out

  • 'Meet and Greet' Volunteers
  • Mobile library
  • Trolley shops
  • Dining companions
  • Outpatient clinic support
  • A and E support
  • Chaplaincy
  • Fundraising
  • Activity volunteers
  • Leeds Cancer Support
  • Haamla service
  • Yorkshire Cancer Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can volunteer?

    Volunteering is open to anyone aged 16 years and over, subject to you meeting all the requirements of the NHS Employment Check Standards. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and you don't need any formal qualifications - what's more important is your enthusiasm and a commitment to The Leeds Way values. Full training will be given for any role you undertake.

    N.B. If you're under 18, you may be restricted in the type of work you can undertake.

  • How much time will I need to give?

    We ask that you're able to give at least two hours per week for a minimum period of six months - preferably a year. The actual days and times you work will be by mutual arrangement to fit around your personal commitments.

  • How quickly can I start volunteering?

    All opportunities with Leeds Teaching Hospitals are advertised on the NHS Jobs website http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/. Volunteering is popular and adverts generally attract a high level of interest, so we advise you to apply as soon as you see a role that interests you.

    If your application meets our basic requirements we'll invite you to attend an informal interview. If we both agree that volunteering is right for you, we'll need to obtain references and you'll need to undergo NHS standard employment checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    Because of our strict safeguarding requirements, it can take a number of weeks before these checks are complete and you can start volunteering.

  • What will I get out of volunteering?

    Volunteering is an excellent way for people to give something back to their local hospital, and know that they're making a real difference to the NHS and the community of Leeds.

    Volunteering can help you gain new skills, meet new people, and increase your confidence and self-esteem. It can often open the door to other opportunities, althou we cannot guarantee this.

  • Where will I be working?

    Most of our volunteering opportunities are at either Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) or St. James's University Hospital, although we have some roles at other Leeds Teaching Hospital sites.

    We can't guarantee placements in specific specialties, but we'll do our best to accommodate your preferences and ensure that you're happy with the work you do.

  • Will I get paid?

    No. All volunteering roles in Leeds Teaching Hospitals are unpaid.

  • Can I claim back my travelling costs?

    We can pay reasonable, out-of-pocket travel expenses if you live in the Leeds area.

  • Will volunteering lead to paid employment?

    Volunteering with Leeds Teaching Hospitals will not automatically lead to paid employment. However, will help you develop confidence and skills that may be useful if you are looking for paid work.

  • Will I have to wear a uniform?

    Yes - all volunteers are provided with a polo shirt or tabard, plus an identification badge which they are expected to wear at all times while working in the hospital.

  • How does volunteering differ from work experience?

    Volunteering requires a regular commitment from you. We ask for minimum of six months - preferably a year - and to give at least a couple of hours per week. You will have specific duties to perform which are outlined in a Role Profile.

    Work experience is intended to give you a flavour of what it's like to work in a hospital by allowing you to observe others doing their job for a short period of time, usually no more than a week or two. If this is what you're looking for, then please see here:

    https://jobs.leedsth.nhs.uk/my-career/work-experience

  • How do I apply to become a volunteer?

    All volunteering opportunities are advertised on the NHS Jobs website. If none are currently available you can register your interest elsewhere on this page and we'll send you an email alert whenever a new advertisement is posted.