Latest: volunteering roles for children and young people under the care of Royal Free Hospital staff

We are offering volunteering places exclusively for children of, and those in the care of, employees at the Royal Free Hospital. This opportunity is open to young people aged between 16 and 21 years who are keen to gain experience in the healthcare sector. It’s also a chance to give back to their local hospital.

Volunteers will receive lunch and be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses.

This is a pilot scheme at the Royal Free Hospital. We hope to roll this programme across all Royal Free London hospitals.

Applicants will need to complete a short form. Successful candidates will be selected via a ballot process after the recruitment stage closes.

Only those candidates who meet the following eligibility criteria can be considered:

  • children and those in the care of NHS employees only
  • aged 16-21
  • the applicant’s parent or guardian must work at the Royal Free Hospital either as a full-time or part-time employee or under a contract
  • they must be able to commit to attending every day of the pilot programme
  • the applicant must be able to share their parent or guardian’s employee details (such as name and email address) to verify their submission
  • both parent/carer and child/guardian must agree to respect professional boundaries.



Important dates
Applications close at 9am on 1 March 2024. Late entries will not be considered.

Volunteering placements will take place during 2 April and 12 April 2024.

Further information
Email Guy Domb, youth volunteer coordinator: [email protected].


About the young volunteers programme

Benefits of the programme

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.

Defined roles for younger people

All our roles are carefully risk-assessed and a comprehensive induction is provided before any volunteer begins their placement. Each will receive supervision from our young volunteer coordinator who will be their main point of contact in the charity while they are volunteering.

Ward helper

Our helpful volunteers provide companionship to patients who may be distressed, in pain or lonely. Through kindness and friendship, volunteers engage patients with conversation over a cup of tea or an activity they think of together. Small touches such as collecting a newspaper for someone or finding them a phone charger can make a huge difference.

Dementia companion

The hospital experience can be particularly difficult to adjust to for a person with dementia and sadly they can deteriorate quickly during their stay. Volunteer dementia companions provide companionship with specialist tools, games, and friendship. Having an activity to focus on for periods of time during their long hospital journeys can make a difference to how a patient feels and reacts to their ward environment. Volunteers are provided with dementia training before starting this role.

Pharmacy support

Our pharmacy support role helps with the running of the busy hospital pharmacies, and it is a great opportunity to get an insight into the profession. The role involves working in the dispensary, stocking items, assisting with deliveries and administration – all of which help to provide a positive experience for patients and relieves pressure on staff.

Meet and greet volunteer

Meet and greet volunteers help lost, confused and anxious patients and visitors find their destination in the hospital. The role involves talking and listening to patients and essentially striving to provide a well-rounded service to all patients and visitors.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this or any of our other volunteering programmes, then please contact Guy Domb, our youth volunteer coordinator: [email protected].