Welcome to South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust

Warwick Hospital houses the majority of South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust’s acute services including: Accident and Emergency, Maternity, Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and Intensive Care.

Our volunteers not only enhance patient experience but can also benefit from helping us; gaining knowledge, social connections, skills, confidence and motivation. It can also improve physical and mental health. Our aim is to give our volunteers a real sense of belonging.

Please contact us should you have any questions, if not we look forward to receiving your completed application. 


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Volunteering Opportunities at Warwick Hospital

Meet & Greet / Wayfinding

Meet & Greet/Wayfinding Volunteers

We need friendly volunteers to:

  • Assist our patients visiting the hospital, helping them check in and find out where their appointment is.
  • Greet visitors at reception and assist if necessary.
  • Direct visitors to the correct appointment check-in desk or Kiosk.

Response Volunteer

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Some of the tasks include:

  •  Visiting patients on a ward who is confused or lonely – serving refreshments and providing companionship
  • Ward Activities, by helping patients to engage in conversation and in a range of activities during their stay
  • Helping to discharge a patient,  by collecting medication, packing clothes, helping coordinate transport, or sitting with patients whilst waiting to be discharged

This role is very diverse and something that will be of support and impact to the wards, patients, or visitors who require assistance.

Emergency Dept Volunteers

Response Volunteers at Warwick Hospital

Role and responsibilities:

  • Chat to patients - general conversation to socialise with patients who need company
  • Make cups of tea/coffee and fetch cold drinks to patients when required
  • Escort relatives and carers
  • Clean and make up patient trolleys
  • Help replenish stock and tidy linen trolleys and skips


 You will be shown the:

  • Layout of the department and adjacent facilities ie: X-ray, MAU, Pharmacy etc, Minor Injuries
  • Stores, supplies and stationery
  • Linen skips and linen trolley
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities

As a volunteer in the Hospital, you will not be required under any circumstances to participate in the personal care of patients, e.g., washing and dressing, or lifting and handling procedures or any nursing duties.

Pharmacy Support

You can help us by:

  • Collecting prescriptions from the Pharmacy and delivering them to the wards will support quicker discharges of patients, especially at the weekends. 
  • Delivering stock items to the wards on a Monday to Friday to support the Wards.




Mealtime Support

We are recruiting Volunteers to support our patients who may need assistance at mealtimes.

The enjoyment of food is often associated with company and socialising.  As well as hydration being essential in recovery and maintaining health, we believe that social interaction is instrumental in a patient’s recovery from their period of ill health.  We know that many of our patients, particularly those with cognitive impairment, are more likely to have a drink if someone else is drinking with them.


Cardiac Rehab Support

    Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program for patients with a heart condition. It   supports and provides information for our in-patients and continues for   several weeks following discharge. As part of the program, the patients are   invited to community exercise classes and education sessions which they   can attend with a family member.

Volunteers assist the program by:

  • Supporting the patients within the gym
  • Helping serve refreshments during the education sessions
  • Handing out information leaflets
  • Helping to set up and tidy away
  • Being a friendly and welcoming face to engage and reassure patients that attend

Dementia and Falls Support





  This is a unique opportunity to support patients with specific needs with known or suspected dementia whilst in an unfamiliar environment such as a hospital.   

Doing activities with the patients makes them less likely to try and leave the ward or walk around especially if they are at risk of falling.  


Therapy Dogs

Owners and their pet dogs who are registered with either Pets as Therapy/Nationwide Therapy Dogs will be welcomed at selected SWFT sites.

All dogs must be registered through either Therapy Dogs Nationwide or Pets as Therapy.

Contact Details:

Therapy Dogs Nationwide - enquiries@tdn.org.uk

Pets as Therapy - reception@petsastherapy.org 


End of Life Support

Volunteers are required to drive and pick up medicines to support families who have a relative at the end of life at home, who do not wish to leave their relative. This support is so important at such a difficult time and so greatly appreciated.

Marie Curie Volunteer Companion

Marie Curie and Warwick Hospital have joined together to offer a companions service to support people at the end of life. Spending time with patients and/or their relatives, we’re looking for volunteers to provide emotional support, a listening ear, and to simply be there for people at this very difficult time.

For full information see: Volunteer Companion - Warwick Hospital - Marie Curie - Volunteers Careers (oraclecloud.com) 

To discuss and apply please contact Denise Nally on 07385 389310 or denise.nally@mariecurie.org.uk. 

Bookshop Volunteer

Volunteers will be based at Warwick Hospital and will staff the Bookshop in 2 hour shifts Monday-Friday 10am-12pm and/or 2-4pm. The Bookshop raises money for The League of Friends of Warwick Hospital which in turn uses funds to support patients and staff. 

Bookshop volunteers will need to be reliable, good communicators, able to work with petty cash and trustworthy. 

Dementia Activity Volunteers


Activity Volunteers will work on Warwick Hospital medical wards under the direction of SWFT Activity Coordinators. Volunteers will support patients who may have a dementia and/or delirium and maybe bored or lonely in need of some distractions from their situation. Volunteers will link with with Activity Coordinator to provide activities such as crosswords, quizzes, cards or board games. 

Volunteers will need to be patient, good communicators and team players with a willingness to talk to and listen to vulnerable patients. 

Mission Statement

Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of the community we serve, building a healthier and happier future together.