Home Volunteer Volunteer Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer across the hospital, so you can find a role that interests you. Just click on the Volunteer job titles below to find out more.

We would ask that you are able to commit a few hours per week/fortnight for a minimum of 6 months.  

For more information on the recruitment process, please click here.

If you are interested in volunteering contact the Friends Office for an informal chat on 01225 824046 or email ruh-tr.volunteers@nhs.net

Our Current Volunteer Opportunities

Our Ward Volunteer roles are at the heart of the comfort and support we provide to the patients at the RUH. While the role varies across wards, you may be asked to provide refreshments to patients, support with menu cards, assist in helping with visitors and generally being a friendly face for patients to talk to.

There are Ward volunteers across the hospital including in our older people, outpatients and specialist wards.

Please note we do not have volunteers in any of the Children’s Wards.

Our ED Volunteers provide support to A&E clinical staff and patients. Volunteers may be asked to provide refreshments to patients, spend time speaking to patients, and generally supporting the busy department.

Please note, ED Volunteers will require an additional interview to check their suitability for this role.

Welcoming visitors to the hospital, you’ll be the first friendly face people see as they arrive. Welcome Volunteers provide helpful information and directions to the various hospital departments and services.

The FRUH rely on the funds raised through our retail shops and donations to support the volunteering service, and to continue to be able to provide grants to the hospital.

You’ll be volunteering in our Café, to help prepare hot drinks, provide excellent customer service, and generally support staff in keeping the Café a pleasant and welcoming space.

Like the Cafe Volunteers, our shop volunteers are vital in supporting the Friends of the RUH to raise funds to support our volunteering service and grant scheme.

Shop volunteers provide excellent customer service to our visitors, and support the staff in refilling the shelves and tidying up our busy hospital shop.

The many gardens and courtyards around the hospital offer patients a quiet and pleasant space to relax and reflect.

Volunteers help to maintain the gardens with practical tasks, such as mowing, watering, putting in bedding plants, keeping gardens free of litter, pruning, and the usual garden chores.

To support patients with engaging in activities such as crafts, music, art etc.

This role is particularly important as activity is known to aid recovery, as well as reducing boredom and loneliness.

Please note this role is only available on Thursdays and Fridays.

RUH PAT Volunteers bring their training Therapy Dogs to visit patients and staff across the hospital to provide comfort.

Please note the RUH can only accept Therapy Dogs that are registered with Pets as Therapy.