Volunteer at the Royal Free London

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Are you interested in fundraising for the Royal Free, Barnet or Chase Farm Charities?

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The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is supported by a team of hundreds of dedicated and skilled volunteers who are coordinated by the Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm Charities.

Volunteers work closely with staff to ensure that every patients experience is the best it can be. Volunteers lend a helping hand to compliment the work of hospital staff and provide a welcoming environment for patients and visitors.

Volunteers have the chance to improve the lives of others by befriending a dementia patient, helping hospital visitors navigate the many miles of corridors in the hospitals, chatting with patients while serving coffee and teas, creating beautiful gardens for patients to enjoy, making patients feel better with a new look or haircut, selling sweets and treats to those who can’t leave their ward.....and much, much more.

For more details about volunteering at our hospitals please contact your nearest volunteer team:

or visit the volunteering pages on the charity website for more information.

Work Experience

Please note that volunteering does not involve work experience, any clinical work, work in laboratories, or the observing or shadowing of clinicians. If you are interested in Work Experience please see the advice on the jobs pages.

We ask that our volunteers:

  • Are at least 16 years old.
  • Are interested in volunteering for at least 6 months for at least 3 hours per week.

Local residents are prioritised over those who do not live in the local area or the catchment boroughs of Camden, Barnet and Enfield.

All volunteers are assessed on an individual basis in regards to the volunteer roles that they are applying for.

We strongly believe in equal opportunities and welcome applicants that are representative of our diverse local and wider communities.

“I volunteer here because I accompanied 3 friends to hospital this year and it was so stressful that when I saw that I could volunteer I thought, that I could help make things easier for people, than they were for me.”
I volunteer because I want to interact with new people
“I volunteer because I wanted to gain experience in a healthcare setting and develop my understanding of careers related to medicine. Also enable myself to improve my communication skills.”