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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at

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University Hospitals Bristol.

We have a variety of volunteering roles within our hospitals, all with the aim of helping to make patients' and visitors' time here a bit easier.

We have volunteers in our city centre hospitals as well as at South Bristol Community Hospital at Hengrove.

If the Voluntary Services team select you to be a New UH Bristol Volunteer, we will welcome you into a suitable role and when we feel you're settled, confident, competent, and ready to progress, we'll discuss further options with you.


What do we look for in our volunteers? 

  • To be friendly, kind, reliable and to have a genuine desire to make a difference to our patients, and their families and carers.
  • To commit to a regular weekly volunteering session and to volunteer for at least 50 hours (eg a weekly 2-hour volunteering session over 6 months)
  • To be aged 17 and over for the meet and greet roles; to be aged 18 and over for all other volunteering opportunities.  We also have volunteering opportunities for those aged 16.

How to join our team of volunteers

  • Please look at the roles below that we are currently recruiting for.  If there is a role you are interested in and you meet the requirements, please complete the application form, in full, and email it to Voluntary Services. How to apply.
  • On receipt of the application form, we will review it, and then contact you to invite you to a recruitment assessment / selection session.  After this, if both parties wish to proceed, we will carry out various recruitment checks (including references and criminal record check) and you will attend training.  Please note that all training and initial volunteering sessions are during day time hours during the week.  Depending upon the role, this training can range from 1.5 days to 2.5 days.


We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Online applications are recommended for the swiftest progress. Below is a list of the volunteer positions we are currently recuriting for.

To apply for a role please find the application form here.  Once you have fully completed your application form please email it to

If your application is complete with all the information we need to progress you, we'll reply by email with an invitation to an Assessment Centre. Please be careful as we can't progress incomplete applications.


What you will be doing

Times available for volunteering

Befriender volunteer (patient  companion) on wards

Chatting with patients, keeping them company, doing activities such as card  games.


Volunteers help on a variety of wards, particularly those wards for older patients.

Monday - Sunday

10am - 12noon; 2pm - 4pm/5pm


View placement profiles.



Mealtimes volunteer (dining  companion) on wards  

Spending time with patients who need  encouragement to eat or help to eat, helping with the meal service.


Volunteers help on a variety of wards,  particularly those wards for older   patients.

Monday - Sunday
12noon - 1.30pm/2pm
5.15pm - 6.30pm


View placement profiles.


Meet & Greet volunteer







Providing a friendly welcome to our  hospitals and outpatients clinic. 

For some roles volunteers give  directions to clinics/wards and escort  patients where necessary.  In clinic  areas volunteers help patients check  in, keep them company, provide a  listening ear.

Many roles involve a lot of walking.

Monday - Friday
Three - four hour session morning  (9am - 1pm) or afternoon (1pm - 5pm)

There is some flexibility with the volunteering time depending upon role and location.


View placement profiles.

Intensive Care Unit reception support  volunteer


To provide assistance to family, carers  and friends visiting patients in the  Intensive Care Unit. 


Saturday and Sunday

12noon - 5pm


View placement profiles.

Volunteering in the Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre


Roles include, Radiotherapy Unit, Chemotherapy Unit, Cancer Information & Support Centre, Meet & Greet


Providing company and a listening ear to patients and those affected by cancer, signposting to further information, helping patients find their way around the Centre.

Monday - Friday
Three - four hour session morning (9am - 1pm) or afternoon (1pm - 5pm)

There is some flexibility with the volunteering time depending upon role and location.


Please contact Voluntary Services for more information

Playroom volunteer in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Providing play opportunities for patients in the Children's Hospital and their siblings.

Monday - Friday
10am - 12noon
1.30pm - 3.30pm


View placement profiles.

Maternity unit tours volunteer in St Michael's Hospital

Showing groups of new parents-to-be around the unit so they can see the facilities available.

Wednesdays 6.45pm - 9.15pm (tours run between 7pm and 9pm)
Sundays 1.45pm - 4.15pm
(tours run between 2pm and 4pm)


Volunteers sign up to a rota and usually do two volunteering sessions per month.


View placement profiles.

Cardiac surgery volunteer

Supporting patients visiting the Cardiac Pre-operative Assessment Clinics by providing information on what the patients can expect to happen after surgery. Patients are offered the opportunity to meet with a volunteer as part of their pre-operative assessment journey. 


Monday - Friday
Three - four hour session morning (9am - 1pm) or afternoon (1pm - 5pm)

There is some flexibility with the times available for volunteering.


View placement profiles.

Volunteering in South Bristol Community Hospital

Providing companionship to patients on wards (befriender volunteer), and supporting them at mealtimes (dining companion / mealtimes volunteer). 


Befriender volunteering

Monday - Sunday
10am - 12noon; 2pm - 4pm/5pm


Mealtimes volunteering

Monday - Sunday

Lunch 12noon - 1.30pm/2pm
Evening meal 5.15pm - 6.30pm


View placement profiles.

Hospital carer link volunteer

Providing support to wards and departments in identifying and signposting carers to the support available within the Trust.  Liaising closely with the Carers Liaison Workers from Carers Support Centre Bristol.

Monday to Friday

10am - 12noon; 2pm - 4pm


There is some flexibility with the times available for volunteering, including weekends.


View placement profiles.

Greenspaces volunteer

Assisting in the maintenance of the Trust's green spaces for the benefit of patients, staff, visitors and the general public.

This is a new volunteering role. If you are interested please contact Voluntary Services.


Contacting Voluntary Services

Volunteering with Above & Beyond

AAbove _beyond _rgb _150x 91bove & 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 Cressida Prout on 0117 3700 486 or email You can find out more about the charity on their website.

Volunteering with The Grand Appeal & Cots for Tots 


Cots For Tots

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Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal is the only charity dedicated exclusively to The Bristol Children's Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital.

Since establishing in 1995, The Grand Appeal has raised £50 million to support a wide range of life-saving medical equipment, patient comforts and a programme of arts, music, education and play facilities for sick children and their families from Bristol and the South West.

It goes without saying that our #TeamGrandAppeal volunteers are paramount to the work we do and we would not be able to support such a vast number of young patients and families without their support. We have a whole host of volunteering opportunities all year round, from acting as a marshal or a key member of our cheer squad at big events, working alongside our team in our office, or helping us organise individual or community fundraisers, we are always on the lookout for people who are passionate about helping us improve the lives of sick children and babies across the South West.

So if you'd like to hear about all our opportunities, please email, telling us a little about yourself, your availability and the type of volunteering you are interested in. 

Buddies are based on a ward in the Children's Hospital and spend time with children and young people who are often bored, lonely or feel isolated.


Volunteers need to be aged 18 and over and have demonstrable experience of spending time with children and engaging them in activities.