Being a volunteer

Volunteers at the Royal Free London act in complimentary roles that improve the patient experience directly or indirectly, or in roles that support the trust and its staff. Volunteers across the Royal Free London's hospitals serve in over 65 role, of which many are patient facing.

Volunteering involves working unpaid in a variety of roles that are complimentary to the patient experience and trust. These roles are not substantive or integral to the delivery of the work or day to day running of the hospital. Volunteers are not allowed to perform any clinical tasks or spend any time observing or shadowing clinical/medical staff.

Volunteers can be dementia companions, lunch and dinner friends, front of house meeters and greeters, ward helpers, gardeners, qualified hairdressers, out-patient clinic supporters, shop trolley assistants... and many more roles.

Please note: volunteering does not involve work experience or clinical attachments. Work experience enables a person to sample working in a particular role and does not constitute volunteering within this setting. Find out more about work experience.

Volunteering in a hospital setting can be suitable for many people, including local residents, medical or health and social care students, prospective students, those who want to give something back to their community, the unemployed, retirees, former in-patients, current out-patients or simply those with the time and inclination to help.

Positive outcomes for our volunteers can include improved confidence, the learning of new skills, meeting new people, gaining experience in a hospital setting, improved employability, supporting your local hospital, positive use of time, personal references on completion of placements.

Find out more about benefits and eligibility, who to contact and read stories from our volunteers.