Young volunteers programme
Please note – due to restrictions in the hospital we are not currently accepting applications for the young volunteers programme.
Our young volunteers are able to meet other young people and develop a wider interaction within the community and society.
We offer a selection of defined roles for younger people with wide and varying interests. Many of our volunteers are keen to pursue careers in the healthcare sector, whilst others want to give back to their local hospital. The Young Volunteers Programme also offers additional opportunities to get involved in from food bank collections to social activities and public speaking.
We ask that our young volunteers:
- Are a minimum age of 16 years old.
- Are available to volunteer for six months, coming in once a week for two hours (if 16-17 years old and in full time education), or three hours (18 and older).
- …or are available to volunteer every day for a period of two weeks during the summer months at the Royal Free Hospital (this may vary at Barnet or Chase Farm Hospitals)
- Live locally to one of our hospitals (Camden, Barnet or Enfield resident).
Our helpful volunteers provide companionship to patients who may be distressed, in pain or lonely. Through kindness and friendship volunteers might engage patients with a board game, conversation over a cup of tea or perhaps an activity you produce.
Often patients with dementia become withdrawn or become anonymous. They can become dehumanised. A dementia companion is there to see the person, not just that patient with dementia. Volunteers are there to provide companionship with specialist tools, games and friendship.
SatNav Guides help lost, confused and anxious patients and visitors to find their destination. The role involves talking and listening to patients, being a companion, and essentially striving to provide a well-rounded service to all patients and visitors
As a volunteer fundraiser you will get involved with initiatives and events collecting funds to go towards emergency care packs and slippers, massage therapy as well as cutting-edge research and equipment.