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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alert Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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We have around 1,000 volunteers working across our four hospital sites - helping us support staff, patients and visitors in our hospitals.

March 2021 - COVID-19 update

We are currently seeking volunteering marshals to assist with issuing out PPE and to guide visitors and patients to appointments.

Volunteers will need to be over 16 and under 70 with no underlying health issues.

Please get in touch for more information:

Contact us


Yvonne Blencowe, our Voluntary Services Manager, retired from the Trust on 27 August 2020.

Yvonne has been a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed by us all.

Bidding farewell to Yvonne

About us

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

Unfortunately we are unable to offer short-term volunteering opportunities; the minimum commitment that we ask for is 12 months, during which volunteers undertake one two to four hour session a week.

You can find out more in our booklet, available around our hospital sites and online below:

Your Guide to Volunteering 2019/20

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.

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, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) will also be undertaken.

Unfortunately we are unable to respond regarding work experience placements - please see the contact information below.

Contact us

Voluntary Services Office


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.

Foundation Trust online membership form

Work experience

Please visit our Work experience page at the link below.