Welcome to Voluntary Services

Why volunteer for us?

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to give something back to the community.  By giving 5 hours a week you could make a real difference in someone’s life.   Volunteering provides you with a chance to gain and develop existing skills and improve the overall experience of patients, visitors and staff.

What you cannot do as a volunteer

As a hospital volunteer you cannot provide any kind of clinical support or assistance, nor can you assist in the manual handling of patients.  Assisted feeding is only permitted once full Trust training has been given.  You will never be expected to toilet a patient or perform any type of bodily fluid cleaning duties.

Work experience - If you are looking for work experience (maximum 1 week mainly observational for 14-19 years olds to support their chosen career decisions and/or applications for university) then this is NOT done via voluntary services.  Work experience is managed by a completely separate department/team who can be contacted via email only on workexperience@srft.nhs.uk


  • You must be aged over 16 and have left school.
  • We only offer LONG TERM placements of 6-12 months or more. This is due to the cost of recruiting a volunteer and the mandatory recruitment checks and training both you and us need to undertake beforehand.  
  • You need to be able to commit to a minimum of 1 session a week (maximum of 3) on a regular basis. A session is classed as 4/5 hours.
  • Volunteering is NOT the same as work experience (see above).
  • Work experience cannot be obtained via Voluntary Services.

Before you apply

If you are shortlisted, then we will contact you to attend an interview.  You will be sent a health screening form and will need to bring specific ID with you in order for us to process your DBS.  You will need to bring these documents with you on the day of your interview.  Please also check your junk inbox for emails from us.

If successful at interview then we will:

  • Book you onto a mandatory corporate welcome (Mondays 8.30 – 12 noon)
  • Arrange the E-Learning link to be sent to your email account. There are 11 modules which need to be completed within a 30 day timescale.
  • Obtain 2 character references from your two referees’. Please note that these cannot be a family member or any relation to you. 
  • Process your DBS (Police Clearance)

You will need to look at the current list of volunteering opportunities in the first instance before you begin your application and state the role you are applying for on your application.  You will also need to register before it will allow you to complete the registration process. 

If you are happy with all of the above and wish to pursue an application then please click here to see the current opportunities and to begin the application process.

We look forward to receiving your application.