Volunteering for us

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Volunteering for us 

There are currently over 500 dedicated volunteers undertaking a variety of roles at the Trust. 

Volunteers work in complementary roles that provide practical help to patients and visitors. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, from a variety of different cultures, ethnicities and communities and are aged between 18 and 95. Volunteers bring many skills to make a real difference to the patient and staff experience.

Our volunteers are based across our four hospitals:  Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal, Northwick Park Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow and Ealing Hospital.  

Please note: volunteering does not involve work experience or clinical placements. Work experience enables a person to sample working in a particular role and does not constitute volunteering within this setting. To find out more about work experience  email: lnwh-tr.workexperience@nhs.net

What do Volunteers do?

Volunteers are placed in a wide variety of roles within the hospital. Our volunteer roles include:

  • Meet & Greet 
  • Patient Companions 
  • Mealtime Assistant
  • Administrative Support 
  • Chaplaincy 
  • Voluntary Cars 

Who can volunteer?

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are over the age of 18 and eligible to work in the UK. You need to be able to display some key personal qualities such as empathy and the ability to listen and observe.  You need to be reliable, show initiative and attention to detail.  

We ask you to commit to at least four hours of your time a week for a period of at least 9 months, so please consider whether you can realistically fit this commitment in with your other responsibilities.

Why become a volunteer?

People volunteer for many different reasons such as:

  • You enjoy helping others
  • You want to contribute to your local community
  • You want to utilise and develop your skills
  • You want to meet new people
  • You want to gain insight working in a busy hospital environment

Useful links:

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) https://www.ncvo.org.uk/

Voluntary Action Harrow (VaH) http://www.voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk/