In a hospital

It’s probably best to contact your local hospital directly and find out the type of volunteering you can do. There are usually lots of different roles on offer - from being in the hospital shop, to simply going in and chatting to patients.

And don’t discount pushing the tea trolley! It will give you a chance to chat to patients, get to know them, and they’ll see a familiar face each time they go in.

Here are a couple of ideas that you might not have considered:

  • You could be a chaplaincy volunteer. You don’t need to be a priest, rabbi or an imam – and you’ll be supporting the chaplaincy staff to help people at times of need.
  • Be a radio DJ! We can’t promise the glitz and glam of Radio 1, but hospital radio offers you the chance to get some great experience and to really make a difference to people’s lives whilst they’re stuck in hospital. Most need a whole team to make it work, including technicians or people with engineering, electrical and electronic skills.Find your nearest radio station

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