Make a difference to patients
Volunteer for University Hospitals Bristol NHS
Would you like to make a difference to patients, and their
families and carers? 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:
How to apply: You will find the application form
Ward volunteers - spending time with
patients, either on a ward with patients who have had a stroke; or
those caring for older people. We try and match
volunteers to a specific ward so you become part of the ward
- 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 (lunch
or evening meal) would you be interested in receiving some 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;
others come in for an hour over mealtimes; or come in during the
Please see the attached
placement profile for more information about the general tasks
for a volunteer on a ward looking after older people.
Wayfinder / Meet and Greet Volunteer
Our Wayfinder volunteers welcome patients and visitors at the
main entrance to the Bristol Royal Infirmary. They help
direct people around our hospitals and escort patients to clinics
- Are you free on a Monday morning, Wednesday morning, Thursday
morning or Thursday afternoon? These are the times when we
need volunteers to join our Wayfinder rota.
- Do you enjoy meeting new people, and would you be happy finding
your way around a large hospital site?
Please see the 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
Please see the attached
placement profile for more information about this role.
New volunteering roles - we will shortly be recruiting
to these roles, and full details will be on this webpage in due
Emergency Department volunteers - to
support patients, and their families and carers, who attend the
Emergency Department, but particularly those patients who have a
mental health illness. Volunteering times available will be
between 2pm and 9pm each day of the week. We would like to
hear from volunteers who have had experience of, or a genuine
interest in, mental health illnesses.
Intensive Care Unit volunteers - to greet
the families and carers arriving at the Intensive Care Unit to
visit patients. Volunteers will need to be calm and friendly,
and to be able to provide a listening ear to families and
carers. Volunteering times are in the evenings between 4pm
and 7pm during the week, and between 11am and 7pm at weekends.
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
Above & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more about us on our website.
Volunteering with The Grand Appeal & Cots for
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
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
telling us a little about yourself, your availability and the
type of volunteering you are interested in.