The Volunteer Service


This popular service provides members of the local community with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the care of our patients.  By contributing your time and energy enriches their patient experience and has been proven to make a significant difference. 

Volunteers play a very important role by improving, extending and complimenting the range of services offered by staff to support patients and visitors across our Care Organisations (Rochdale & Bury, Oldham, and North Manchester) and also Salford Royal Hospital. 

We currently have over 500 registered volunteers all from different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds aged between 16-89.  They are placed in various roles throughout the organisation including: way finding (guiding patients/visitors around the hospital), meet and greet, meal support, End of Life support, Macmillan cancer support, hand massage, reception, chaplaincy and spiritual/emotional support, tea bars and cafes, refreshment trolley around the wards, administration, patient representatives, minibus drivers and escorts, patient surveyors and hospital radio.

Who can volunteer?

As a volunteer you are unable to play the role of a paid worker.  However, you can express an interest to volunteer if you:

  • You are over 16 and have left school
  • You can attended for a minimum of 2-3 hours week
  • You can offer a long term commitment for a minimum of 1 year – we do not offer short term placements
  • You have good communication skills
  • You enjoy helping others

What are the benefits of volunteering?

By becoming a volunteer you can:

  • Make a significant difference to a patient’s experience
  • Contribute to your local community
  • Build your own self confidence and interpersonal skills
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Utilize your existing work skills and knowledge
  • Gain an insight into how the NHS operates
  • Build experience to support you into paid work or CV

Current vacancy opportunities –

How Volunteering has helped me

I applied to become a volunteer for the NHS, I chose to do this to gain experience and insight into a care environment and also to make sure that a working in a hospital was something I would like to do in the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on the wards as a volunteer, and I feel really lucky that I was given this opportunity. The staff and patients were so appreciative of everything I did; this gave me great satisfaction I felt like I was making a difference. I developed new skills, which eventually lead me to an interview for a paid job role within the trust. I was successful with my application and feel so pleased that I have come this far. The first step I took was to volunteer and thanks to my volunteering I am now working as a health care support worker.
Rhia (26) 

I love meeting different patients every week and doing my best to make it easier for both them and the nurses. It gives me an excellent knowledge about healthcare services and has enabled me to apply to get into medical school.
Genevieve (19)

I decided to become a volunteer to gain experience because I want to become a nurse. I've had the chance to observer nurses and other health colleagues and I've now got a place at university to start my nursing degree.
Emily (30)

I enjoy interacting with patients and helping to meeting their needs in what can be stressful experiences. I enjoyed being part of the hospital team.
Christopher (58)

Volunteer Stories