Help for hospitals
Royal Voluntary Service has been supporting the NHS since it was created in 1948.
Today our volunteers quickly become members of the hospital team and are hugely appreciated by NHS staff and patients alike.
There’s a number of ways you can help in hospitals, from taking trolleys around wards to working in our shops or cafés or spending time with patients who don’t get much company. You can also provide vital support as patients return home from their stay and with your help, they could be less likely to return to hospital.
Ultimately, you will be easing pressures on our NHS staff and you'll be making somebody’s visit a little more comfortable.
We’ll make sure you have any extra training you need and will guide you through the whole process with plenty of support.
If you live in England and want a totally flexible role you could sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder where you pick up tasks via an app on your smart phone. The scheme includes a variety of roles.
We help people find ways of using their individual skills, talents and time to support others. If you’d like to see some of the ways you can help in your local hospital, enter your postcode in the box below.
Find local volunteering opportunities
Let’s take a look at the volunteering opportunities in your area. Just enter your postcode in the box below, and we’ll show you all the ways you can offer support in your local community.
Volunteering has really helped build my confidence
Derrick, from Glasgow , is a retail volunteer. Volunteering in one of our hospital shops has meant that he could broaden his retail experience, learning new skills like stock replenishment and using the till system.
What you could be doing
We work with the NHS locally to support them however they need. This means that volunteering opportunities can change depending on where you live.
Let’s take a closer look some of the roles we offer.