We currently have around 400 volunteers who donate their time, skills and experience to support staff in caring for patients.

Our volunteers are not directly involved in patient care, but approach their work with the same commitment to excellence as any other health care professional.

They complement the work of staff by providing extra support to patients and their families. Volunteers are recruited from age sixteen upwards and come from a range of backgrounds representing the diversity of the communities we serve.

Volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work or undertake short-term work experience placements.

If you are interested in work experience at this Trust, please visit the work experience section for further information.

To view our current vacancies please click here

Who can volunteer?

We would like to hear from you if you are:

  • over 16
  • good at mixing with people
  • enjoy helping others
  • want to develop your own skills.

We ask all volunteers to commit to doing at least three hours a week for a minimum period of six months.

Why volunteer?

Working as a hospital volunteer can help you:

  • Feel a sense of accomplishment – helping others is a rewarding experience
  • Learn new skills – the skills volunteers learn through hospital work can further personal development and open doors  for the future employment
  • Find out more about the health care field – hospital volunteer work is a great idea for people considering a career in health care. Colleges and universities often consider an applicant’s experience as a volunteer.
  • Meet new people – this is one of the most enriching aspects of volunteer work
  • Contribute to the community – whether they have a lot of spare time or very little, all volunteers make an important contribution. It’s a great way to give something back to the community

What do volunteers do?

Examples of current volunteering roles at the Trust include:

  • Ward Helpers: Help make patients’ hospital stay more comfortable by talking and listening to patients, helping serve meals and drinks, running errands and generally helping ward staff with non-clinical duties.
  • Hospital Welcomers: Giving directions to patients at the hospitals’ main receptions, escorting patients and helping with general enquiries
  • Chaplaincy Volunteers: Offering spiritual, religious, pastoral and practical support to patients of all beliefs.
  • Hospital Radio Volunteers: Hospital radio provides a free service to patients staying in hospital. The volunteers visit wards to take requests from patients as well as broadcasting shows.

Contact us

Please check our current vacancies page for volunteering opportunities, if there are no volunteering roles being advertised then we do not have any current vacancies at this time.

Please contact 

Lynn Hackett or Caprice Kirkby for further information

volunteering@elht.nhs.uk 

Tel: 01254 732500