If you are looking to make a real difference to people, looking for a new direction, have spare time on your hands or maybe want to gain experience within the Health Service, then there are a variety of volunteering opportunities to suit a wide range of ages 16 + . 

All prospective volunteers will need to attend an informal group interview, undertake a DBS check for safe guarding,  complete an Occupational Health Form and provide two references.

Before commencing volunteering all volunteers need to attend a RCH Trust Induction morning, and will be provided with an identity badge. They will undertake some training and work shadow in an area they would like to work in, where there are vacancies, until confident to work on their own. 

More details about opportunities can be found by telephoning the RCHT Voluntary Service Office 01872 273329  or 01872 253737 requesting an application pack to be sent to you.


Currently we are recruiting in these areas

Admin Support

Supporting a department with simple tasks such as making up general information packs for patients. IT skills might be needed.


Providing practical support in the community for patients with hearing difficulties.

Bedside Ministers

Drawn from different faiths and accredited by their own church communities, visit patients at their bedside to provide Holy Communion or other requested support.


Our volunteers provide companionship in a supportive caring and empathetic manner. Training is provided.

Breast-feeding Peer Support

Providing support and assistance for new mothers. Volunteers for this role must have been qualified for at least a year with the real baby milk project.

Cove - Macmillan Cancer Support Centre 

Our volunteers front the reception and serve in the café.

Dementia Support

You will need to be enthusiastic, patient and willing to learn how to communicate and support people with Dementia.

Emergency Department

Providing support and refreshments to patients and their families as requested.

ENT Refreshments

Providing complimentary refreshments to those patients attending the Department.

Friends Coffee Bar

Volunteers serve refreshments, including sandwiches, cake and confectionery to staff, patients and visitors. The Coffee bar is open Monday to Friday.


Keeping the gardens and grounds looking good.

Headland Unit and Haematology

Providing complimentary refreshments and chat to those patients undergoing chemotherapy.  

Hospital Guides

Volunteers offer help and guidance to patients and visitors to reach their destination for appointments.

Library Trolley

A library service is offered to in-patients.

Mealtime Companions

Volunteers provide help and encouragement to patients by helping them at mealtimes.

Meet and Greet Reception Service

Working alongside Hospital staff, volunteers ensure visitors/patients are given help when they arrive at hospital.

Mermaid Centre Tea Bar

The Centre is dedicated to Breast Care. Volunteers offer a complimentary drinks service for patients and their families in the waiting area.

Pastoral Visitors

Supported by the Chaplaincy Team, the visitors regularly visit patients on the wards. Full training and ongoing support is provided.

Patient Experience Volunteers

This role entails visiting all parts of the hospital where patients and their families give their views on the treatment/ care they are receiving. Staff are given feedback following the visits.

Play Specialist

Volunteers work alongside qualified hospital play specialists on the paediatric wards. There is a limited number of spaces.

Pre-assessment Clinic Admin Support

This role involves making up assessment and patient information packs for use in the clinic, as well as other office-based duties.

Sunrise Centre Refreshment Service

This role entails volunteers offering a complimentary drinks service to patients and families in the waiting area.

Recruitment is via an application form obtainable from RCHT Voluntary Service Office 01872 253737 or by email – voluntary.services.nhs.net. Full training is given.

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