We have almost 350 dedicated volunteers supporting the trust who work tirelessly to enhance the experience of our patients and visitors when accessing our services. Our volunteers make a huge difference to our staff, patients and visitors and we are very grateful for their efforts.

What do volunteers tell us?


“I like to help people in need. Volunteering also helps me learn more about the English language, culture and the workplace.”

“I gain a great deal of satisfaction by helping others and when interacting with patients, my aim is to lift their spirits in any way I can.”

“Volunteering has been a lifeline for me and in the process I’m helping patients by providing support whether it be making a cup of tea or having a friendly chat.”

“I owe the NHS big time. Now being retired I have time on my hands, so a day in outpatients gives some meaning to life. I feel I am giving a bit back.”


Why volunteer for us?

We encourage, value and support the efforts of individuals who give their time and energy to benefit the Trust and our patients. We welcome applications for volunteering from across our community and know that volunteers bring with them a diversity of experiences, backgrounds, skills, ages and outlooks which offer added value to our Trust services.

Who can volunteer?

The minimum age to volunteer dependent upon the role you take, is 16 years old. There is no upper age limit; however, the volunteer must be physically able to fulfil the duties of the role. The hours and role can be adapted to fit around the lives and the interests of the volunteer, with some working during the days and some in the evenings or weekends. If you are considering volunteering, we ask that you make a commitment of six months.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteering roles at the Trust are varied, interesting and rewarding. Our volunteers help with a wide range of tasks including:

  • Meeting and greeting patients and visitors
  • Driving patients to and from hospital
  • Befriending, talking and listening to patients
  • Supporting patients during mealtimes
  • Recreational activities with patients, such as reading and playing games

There are a number of other volunteer opportunities available with external organisations based within the hospital, including:

  • Royal voluntary Service
  • League of Friends
  • Book Base
  • Radio Stitch

How to apply

Volunteers need to complete an online application form. We’ll also complete a disclosure and barring process (DBS), which checks criminal records- not all convictions prevent you from volunteering.

If you would like to apply to volunteer, please contact the team below and register your interest.



If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, contact:

  • Paul Wharton, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Lindsay Rutherford-Hoe, Volunteer Support Officer

E-mail: nth-tr.volunteersnth@nhs.net


01642 383933