Therapy Dog Volunteer


Under the guidance of Volunteer Services staff and in partnership with play specialists, the Therapy Dog volunteer will provide an opportunity for patients and families to meet a registered PAT dog and to engage in one to one contact in a safe environment. 


Time Commitment:

To be negotiated with Volunteer Services and GOSH staff


Location: Trust wide


Responsible to: Recruitment and Projects Officer



  • Volunteer polo-shirt or tabard to be worn at all times whilst on Trust premises
  • Name badge
  • ID security badge
  • Comfortable and respectable clothes and shoes
  • Minimal jewellery and make up  


Key Tasks:

  • To be guided by the play specialist and senior ward staff on appropriate activities for patients and their siblings
  • Helping to maintain a clean safe environment
  • Alerts Play Workers/Specialists to any issues of concern
  • Welcomes any patients/visitors
  • Provide bedside play activities and support where necessary


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • PAT Dog Charity registered
  • Pet to be insured (Through PAT Charity) and up to date with all required vaccinations, etc
  • Experience of working with young people/children
  • Listening skills
  • Sensitive and tactful nature
  • Emotionally mature
  • Understanding of loss and bereavement issues
  • Compassion
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Understanding of (ability to learn) personal/professional boundaries