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Make a difference to patients 

Volunteer for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

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.

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

How to apply: You will find the application form here

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 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 (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 evening. 

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 and wards. 

  • 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 time hours.

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 course

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.

Current volunteers' newsletter

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.