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We are currently recruiting for two volunteering roles within University Hospitals Bristol. 

How to apply: You will find the application form here

Current volunteers' newsletter   

Would you like to make a difference to a patient's visit to, or stay in, hospital?  Do you enjoy being around people, and helping them?  If you have some spare time on a regular basis we'd love to hear from you.  Some of our volunteering opportunities are just for one or two hours each week.

Please have a look below at the volunteering opportunities we are currently recruiting to:



Ward volunteers - spending time with patients, either on a ward with patients who have had a stroke; or on care of the elderly wards.  We try and match volunteers to a specific ward so you become part of the ward team.

  • Do you enjoying spending time with people, chatting to them, and helping them with simple activities such as board games, looking through books, reading newspapers?
  • Do you have, and can demonstrate, patience and compassion?
  • Can you chat about lots of different topics, but are also very good at listening, and providing reassurance?
  • If you are available for volunteering around mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, supper) are you willing to undergo training to help patients with their meals? 
  • Could you offer a regular volunteering time, ideally weekly for at least six months?  Times available for volunteering are daytime / evenings / weekends.  (Training is provided which will be on weekdays, day time hours).  Some volunteers come in for a couple of hours such as 10am - 12noon, or in the afternoon and spend time with patients; others come in for an hour over mealtimes; or come in during the evening. 

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about the general tasks for a volunteer on a ward looking after elderly patients.

Wayfinders / Meet & Greet volunteers - welcoming patients and visitors to the Trust's hospitals, helping them to find where they need to go, and escorting them when necessary.

  • Are you happy to approach people and see if they need help finding their way around the hospitals?
  • Are you willing to escort patients around the hospitals if they would like to be accompanied?
  • Could you offer a regular volunteering time, ideally weekly for at least six months?
  • Times available for volunteering are daytime hours during the week - we are particularly looking for people who can help on a Wednesday or Thursday, or in the afternoons.  Morning sessions are 8.30am - 12.30pm; afternoon sessions are 12.30pm - 4.30pm (but there can be some flexibility).
  • Volunteers wear a sash with the word volunteer on so they can be easily identified by patients and visitors.
  • Training is provided which will be on weekdays, day time hours.

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about this role.

Maternity unit volunteers - leading tours of the unit for new mums-to-be and their partners.

  • Are you confident in talking to a group of people; or are you willing to gain this experience?
  • Do you have a genuine interest in midwifery?
  • Can you follow a script to ensure all those on the tours are told the same information, but also willing to find out the answers to questions which are not often asked?
  • Are you available on a Wednesday evening 7pm - 9pm and a Sunday afternoon 2pm - 4pm when the tours take place?  Volunteers sign up to a rota each month and most volunteers do one or two tours per month. 
  • Training is provided, some of which will be on weekdays, day time hours.

Please see the attached placement profile for more information about this role.

Administration and Clerical volunteers- at present we do not have any requirement for volunteers in these areas.  Please do keep checking this website, as any roles will be advertised here.

Please note we are not currently accepting applications for any other volunteering roles.

Volunteering with Above & Beyond

 AbovAbove & Beyonde & Beyond is your hospital's charity. Their volunteers mean they can achieve so much more in our hospitals. Some do it because they have a personal link with us, whilst others just want to help. Whoever they are, they help with anything from office administration to marshalling at fundraising events, or making use of their own special skills to raise funds out in the community. Every one of them gives their time and energy freely and Above & Beyond couldn't manage without them.  A couple of hours a week - once a month - you can choose when you want to help out, so if you want to join a friendly team doing amazing things for our hospitals contact Toni Collier on 0117 3700 486 or email  You can find out more about us on our website.

 Volunteering with The Grand Appeal & Cots for Tots

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Volunteering W&G


Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal is the only charity fundraising exclusively for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St Michael's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit) at St Michael's Hospital.

The Grand Appeal was established in 1995 and has since raised over £27 million to support a wide range of life-saving medical equipment, patient comforts and a programme of arts, music, education and play facilities.

Volunteers are such an important part of the Grand Appeal team and we couldn't do what we do without them.

If you'd like to be added to our volunteering list to hear when we have opportunities to get involved with events, collections, merchandise stalls or office administration, please email  telling us a little about yourself, your availability and the type of volunteering you are interested in.