We are fully committed to providing an environment in which volunteers are able to realise their full potential and contribute to the success of the charity regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs. We welcome applications from all volunteers who will be considered solely on their ability to carry out their roles. Please note, we do not offer work experience placements, please contact the Royal Free London directly via their website.

Latest opportunities

Royal Free Hospital

We are looking to welcome volunteer roles for the following areas:

  • Wards Supporting the housekeeper and mealtimes and providing patient companionship. Daily (am/pm plus evenings).
  • Shop trolley Our volunteers work in pairs, visiting wards and selling items to patients and staff.  Monday-Friday (am/pm).
  • Charity information/enquiry desk To provide support by answering patient and visitor enquires and giving directions, as well as promoting our news and fundraising opportunities.  Monday-Friday (am/pm).
  • Infant feeding support To support new mums and infant feeding.  Training and support will be provided. Daily (am/pm).
  • Massage therapy volunteers With relevant qualifications, our complementary therapy team require volunteer support in providing massage therapy to patients and staff at Barnet and Royal Free hospitals. Monday-Friday.
  • Royal Free gardening volunteers We’re looking for experienced gardeners to join our established team, to tend and expand the wonderful gardens of the Royal Free Hospital and Pears Building. Weekend support required.
  • Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to perform at Chase Farm Hospital, Barnet Hospital or Royal Free Hospital to play for patients, staff and visitors, either as a one-off or regular volunteer? If you are interested, please contact: [email protected].

Barnet Hospital

  • Meet and greet: We are recruiting volunteers to cover two charity desks on the ground and second floors of Barnet Hospital. As a volunteer you will be a point of contact for hospital visitors who need support in locating a department and assistance with general enquires. As a volunteer you will be friendly and enjoy assisting members of the public. Volunteers will be required to be confident in working independently with excellent verbal communication and customer service skills. The desks are high, the ability to stand for the duration of a shift, which will be 2/3 hours would be required. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people who are willing to access the hospital by public transport or walking.
  • Tea with Doris – volunteering on the wards supporting patients with dementia, helping to host social tea parties and entertainment for patients – morning or early afternoon (18+ only).
  • Paediatric A&E – navigating patients around the hospital to help find bathroom, catering and hospital services for their children – afternoon and evening (18+ only).
  • Play support, galaxy children’s ward – lunch times, 11:45am – 1pm.
  • Book trolley, taking the book trolley around the wards and chatting to patients

Young volunteers aged 16 – 21 (Royal Free Hospital only)

Our young volunteers programme is currently recruiting for the Royal Free Hospital. Please visit the young volunteers page for more information.

Please note, we cannot offer clinical placements or work experience at the hospitals; you will need to contact the Trust directly.

Chase Farm Hospital

  • Meet and greet navigators – guiding people around the hospital to locate their appointments.
  • Refreshment volunteer, chemo suite – making cups of tea, coffee, instant soup for patients, chatting to patients. Requires face mask wearing at all times in the suite and regular (free) COVID testing (18+ only).
  • VR headset pilot for cancer patients – helping fit the headsets, choose a relevant programme, collect feedback for the project team. Requires face mask wearing at all times in the suite and regular (free) COVID testing (18+ only).
  • Patient partners – asking patients about their experience of the hospital service, recording feedback for the Patient Experience Team to make improvements in the hospital service.
Get in touch

Royal Free Hospital

If you’d like to know more about any of the opportunities listed, then contact the team:
[email protected]

Barnet Hospital

If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities at Barnet Hospital, contact Diana Jarvis: [email protected]

Chase Farm Hospital

If you would like to know more about these volunteer opportunities at Chase Farm Hospital please contact Alix Temple[email protected].



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