Community volunteers

“The role of volunteers in the NHS is priceless. They enhance services provided by staff and offer a valuable contribution to the thousands of patients and members of the public who use hospital services every year.”

Are you aged 16 or over? Can you spare a few hours of your time?

Our volunteers can make a big difference to our patients and visitors. Volunteering opportunities are advertised via www.jobs.nhs.uk and other local sources on a two-monthly basis. Roles that are regularly advertised include:

Specialist roles that have been requested by various wards and departments will also be advertised when available.

Volunteer application dates 2017

  • Wednesday 2 August  – Wednesday 16 August
    • Interviews will take place on Wednesday 23 August and Thursday 24 August
    • Induction will be carried out on Monday 4 September 2017 from 9.30am until 4pm
  • Wednesday 4 October – Wednesday 18 October
    • Interviews will take place on Thursday 26 October and Friday 27 October
    • Induction will be carried out on 2 November

Apply now!

Use the links below to apply for our latest volunteering roles via NHS jobs:

*Please note that the dates above may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

The application process includes completing an application form, a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) application, attending an interview, providing references, completing a work health assessment form and attending a trust local induction.

Within the trust induction, you will need to complete the Trust Core 7 Mandatory Training which includes:

  • Dignity at work
  • Health and safety
  • Fire saftey
  • Information governance
  • Infection prevention control
  • Safe-guarding adults
  • Safe-guarding children

Volunteers will be unable to start a placement until all of the above processes have been completed, the entire application process can take up to ten weeks depending on which volunteering role you are applying for.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact Bethany Peers or Rachel Foden of the Widening Participation and Learning Team:

Therapeutic care volunteers

This role is to help make patients’ hospital stay more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading, making a cup of tea or mealtime assistance, running an errand or escorting them on a short walk, as well as help coordinate activities such as games, singing and general stimulation for patients on the wards.

All of our patient-centered roles come under the TCV umbrella programme, and covers all areas from maternity to elderly care.

“The daughter of an elderly gentleman commented how much more relaxed her dad was after one of the volunteers sat and played dominos with her father and showed so much interest in her father’s interests, past and present.”

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact Olivia Kynaston in the therapeutic care team on 01642 855861 or email Therapeutic.CareTeam@stees.nhs.uk

Other volunteering roles

In addition to the above roles, we recruit separately for the following (please contact the specific area you are interested in):

Coffee lounge volunteers

The James Cook University Hospital Voluntary Services Coffee Lounge welcomes over 1,000 customers a day and is run by volunteers with all profits donated back to the hospital.  For more information call 01642 854886.


Macmillan cancer information and support centres at both  The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital are looking for volunteers to help staff with the day to day running of the centres. This role would suit people with three hours or more to spare each week and a full training programme will be provided. Anyone interested can contact 01642 835674 or 01609 764033 for further information.

Volunteering posters

Help us to recruit more volunteers by downloading and printing the posters below!

Wayfinder poster (827kb)
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Videographer poster (2mb)
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Pharmacy poster (2mb)
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Holistic poster (836kb)
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