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 volunteering opportunities

Recruitment for Barnet is currently on hold, however, if you play a musical instrument and would like to perform at Barnet Hospital to patients, staff and visitors, either as a one-off or regular volunteer then please contact: [email protected].

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 (NB 18+ only).

VR headset pilot for cancer patients – helping fit the headsets, choose a relevant programme, collect feedback for the project team (NB 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.

Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to perform at Chase Farm Hospital to play for patients, staff and visitors, either as a one-off or regular volunteer? If you are interested, please contact: [email protected].

Wards - supporting the housekeeper and mealtimes and providing patient companionship. Daily (am/pm plus evenings).

Dementia Companions - providing dedicated support, supporting activities and companionship for patients living with dementia.

Shop trolley - our volunteers work in pairs, visiting wards and selling items to patients and staff.  Monday-Friday (am/pm).

Emergency department meet and greet navigators - 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 the 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].

Our young volunteers gain interpersonal skills and confidence in the workplace. They also interact and connect with people in the wider community during the course of their placements.

Many of our volunteers are keen to pursue careers in the healthcare sector, while others want to give back to their local hospital. Whatever the reason, all participants will gain access to training and development opportunities provided by the Royal Free London and the charity.

 

 

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

We’re looking for people who share our passion for helping our hospitals go further and faster for the people they care for. If you have some time to spare and would enjoy helping to elevate the profile of the Royal Free Charity in your community then this could be the perfect flexible role for you.

Get in touch

Barnet Hospital
If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities at Barnet Hospital, contact:
Diana Jarvis: [email protected]
Please note that recruitment for Barnet Hospital is closed.


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


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

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