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Volunteering

Volunteers help us support staff, patients and visitors in our hospitals.

Volunteering is open to anyone who is aged 16 and over and is subject to meeting the requirements of the NHS Employment Check Standards.

You can find out more in our booklet, which is available around the hospital sites.

Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice, our volunteer radio stations and the League of Friends are also very happy to receive applications, and their contact details are shown below:

What does a hospital volunteer do?

Volunteers assist in all our hospitals and make all the difference to our patients during their stay; they are also enormously helpful to our staff and a valuable part of the hospital team.

Working as a hospital volunteer can help you learn important new skills, find out about healthcare, meet new people and contribute to your local community.

Hospital volunteers help with activities such as:

  • assisting on help desks and as hospital guides - greeting patients and visitors
  • visiting patients on wards and assisting them with meals and menus
  • serving in cafeterias and tea bars
  • supporting staff in non-clinical areas
  • hospital radio
  • working with the Chaplaincy team
  • fundraising
  • gardening.

October 2017

We are currently in need of volunteers for:

  • wards at the JR and Horton General Hospital
  • help desks and guides
  • main reception areas at the JR
  • neuro ICU reception
  • administration and clerical areas
  • gardening.

We regret that, at present, we are unable to offer any volunteering opportunities with children.

You will be provided with an application form to complete and return. We will then invite you to come in to meet with us to discuss your application further.

Before you can become a volunteer, you will need to be health screened and your references will be checked. If you join us as a ward volunteer, a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) will also be undertaken.

Contact us

Voluntary Services Office

Email: OUH.volunteers@ouh.nhs.uk

Our aim is to respond to your enquiry within five working days.

Would you like to become more involved with the Trust?

If so, become a 'Member'. Membership is free and there is no commitment required.

Work experience

Please visit our Work experience page at the link below.

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