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Volunteering

There are currently around 300 volunteers working for and with the Trust, either directly or through partner organisations. 

Volunteers fulfil a variety of roles but their purpose is always to enhance the patient experience. Although volunteers do not perform any clinical roles, they are able to get some hands on experience of what it is like to work in a hospital environment and to work alongside hospital staff.

What opportunities are available?

In order to see what volunteering opportunities are available please click here. Please contact volunteering@york.nhs.uk or call us on 01904 724229 to apply.

How much time do I need to volunteer for?

You can give as little as a few hours for a day or as much as several days a week. Because of the time it takes to get volunteers trained and settled, we do hope that volunteers are able to commit to volunteering with us for at least six months.

Are there any age restrictions?

Volunteering is open to anyone aged 16 and above. Some age restrictions may apply on certain wards or in certain roles.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Some people volunteer because they have benefited from a service and want to give something back, others want experience of working in a hospital environment to help their career.
Volunteering will help you use and develop your skills, and give you the chance to network socially. Many of our volunteers feel rewarded when they see how their contribution makes a difference to both patients and staff.

How do I apply?

In order to see what volunteering opportunities are available please click here. Please contact volunteering@york.nhs.uk or call us on 01904 724229 to apply.

You will need to apply online to volunteer with us. You will be asked to complete an application form and provide information about your experience to date. Importantly the application process gives you the chance to tell us why you are interested in volunteering with us. We use this information to decide who to invite to an interview.

Once each recruitment period ends, we will contact all applicants with the next steps. We might invite you to interview or give you advice about how to strengthen an application in the future.

If successful at interview you will undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Clearance and Occupational Health checks. New volunteers will then need to complete the Trust’s corporate induction before starting their volunteering role. 
Contact details

If you have any questions about volunteering at York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Malton and Selby, please get in touch with us at volunteering@york.nhs.uk.

Volunteers bring tremendous value to the Trust and we are always grateful for the many volunteers who give their own time to help.

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