Volunteer With Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Our volunteers are a vital part of our organisation and provide an invaluable helping hand and complement the work of our 15,000 strong workforce. Due to the remarkable support our volunteers give by donating their time, we are able to offer patients the best possible care.



Before you apply please consider the following:

  • Are you 16 years of age or older?
  • Do you enjoy dealing with people?
  • Are you fit and well?
  • Can you attend regularly (at least once a week for six months)?
  • Are you legally allowed to volunteer in the UK?

If you can answer yes to all these questions you may be who we are looking for to join our team of volunteers.


We are only recruiting for a limited number of roles, scroll down to view our current vacancies below.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Dementia Buddy

Our specially trained volunteer dementia buddies make a huge difference to the quality of life of our patients with dementia by providing friendship and entertainment to keep patients’ morale engaged and positive.

Dementia buddies can be involved in...

  • creating displays
  • making the day rooms comfortable
  • providing conversation 
  • reading playing games
  • or just listening

This would suit you if you are friendly and outgoing, enjoy meeting new people and like listening.

Task Description

Friends of Royal London - Trolley

Friends  of The Royal London Hospital, established in 1979, is a charity dedicated to improving hospital amenities for both patients and staff. Friends  is made up of volunteers,  hospital staff (past and present) and members of the local community.    

Friends raises funds to help provide patients and staff with facilities which will enhance their experience of The Hospital.    

Friends  has a team which runs the ‘mobile trolley service’ throughout The Royal London Hospital. We are looking for volunteers to run the mobile trolley service. You will be required to do the following:

  • To sell goods such as sweets, drinks, tissues, biscuits, etc. to Inpatients on the wards.
  • To add up the cost of a few items and gave change to patients
  • To stock up the trolley at the beginning of the session and as goods are sold.
  • To help push/pull the confectionery trolley to the wards

If you are dedicated, passionate and physically able to support the trolley, please complete an application and join the team!

Visit: https://www.friendsoftheroyallondonhospital.org.uk/ for more information.

Guild - Shop and Trolley

The Guild relies on our enthusiastic group of hardworking volunteers to run we are looking for volunteers for our Shop & Trolley Service. If you have a few hours to spare and want to give back to your hospital.
Why not join us?

Meeter and Greeter

To provide a welcoming and reassuring service to people who are sometimes anxious and afraid.
Volunteers will therefore, be required to learn about their chosen hospital site in terms of giving directions and Way-finding people to where they need to.
Be the first point of call and support reception areas of the hospital sites and greet visitors and patient providing them with assistance.
We are looking for Meeters and Greeters for ALL our hospitals. If you are friendly, welcoming and have excellent communication skills - apply online!


Our Museums rely on volunteers to ensure the smooth-running of the service. As a volunteer you will be required to do the following:

  • Welcome visitors to the Museum
  • Show visitors around the Museum
  • Sell publications (deal with money, operate the till and give change as required)
  • Answer enquiries or direct visitors to the Archivists

If you are welcoming, reliable and willing to give your time, you may be who we are looking for!

Task Description

Patient Research Champion (PRC)

A Patient Research Champion (PRC) is someone who promotes health research from a patient’s point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

The Barts Health Research Champion scheme has been adapted from the NIHR Patient Research Ambassador Initiative (PRAI).

This would suit you if you are friendly and outgoing, enjoy meeting new people and like listening.

Task Description 

Active Responder

Our Active Response Volunteers are specially trained to support staff and patients where they are most needed. Staff bleep volunteers requesting their support, focusing on the following tasks:

  • Pick up a TTOs
  • Take patients out for walks
  • Befriend, chat and listen to lonely patients
  • Assist patient with smooth running of discharge
  • Provide emotional support to anxious patients
  • Support during mealtimes

Task Description

Mission Statement

Having the right volunteer, at the right place, at the right time.