Five Steps to become a volunteer


Step 1: Enquiry.
Please contact one of the Volunteer Services Team on 01225 824046,
email or print out and fill in the enquiry form below and pop it in the post to us.

Step 2:  Application forms – You will be required to fill out an application pack as well as a Disclosure & Baring form if you plan to volunteer in an area with patient contact.


Step 3:  Informal interview – Once you have filled out the application forms you will have an informal interview with one of the Friends Volunteer Services Managers Samantha Nolan or Vicki Smith on 01225 824046. The aim of this is to assess your suitability for the role. You will need to commit to a minimum of 2 hrs. a week for 6 months volunteering as it takes time to complete training.

Step 4: Occupational Health – You may need an appointment with the Occupational Health Department to ensure that you are fit to volunteer.


Step 5:  Training – Once we have received satisfactory references and you have been cleared by Occupation Health your training begins.


You will receive a Health and Safety booklet – please read through this carefully before you begin.

If you are volunteering on the wards, in a clinic or as a guide you will receive three (or more) supported training sessions with an experienced volunteer. This will be practical, on the job training and will last two hours for each session. If three supported sessions are not enough then we are happy to arrange further training. The tutor volunteer will write a short report on your performance.

Once we have received three satisfactory reports and your disclosure form has been returned and cleared you are then fit to volunteer independently.

You will be given on-going information and support throughout your time with the Friends.

Please download our Volunteer Sign up form below, fill in and post to
Friends of the RUH
Royal United Hospital
Combe Road