"Volunteers provide an added dimension to the support and care of mothers and babies. The contribution that volunteers make within the clinical environment enhances the overall delivery of care" As spoken by Matron, Special care Baby Unit, RVI.

The Newcastle Hospitals Trust values the involvement of local people as volunteers in activities that enhance the patient, visitor and carer experience, and also support staff in delivering high quality health care.

Your offer of voluntary help is very much appreciated, and you will receive a warm welcome no matter which area of volunteering you choose. 

Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to deliver the 'outstanding' care and service that we do today.


Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has made a pledge to the #Iwill campaign, that it will give young people living within our communities the opportunity to take part in volunteering within our hospitals. We do this by working with local schools and colleges to increase accessibility, particularly for underprivileged young people, and to place students in volunteer roles which will enable them to grow in confidence and ambition. For more information visit #Iwill Campaign

Frequently asked questions

What volunteer roles do you offer?

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There are a variety of volunteer roles here at the Trust ranging from direct patient support to helping out in administration and support services. Here is an example of some of our roles:

  • Administration Support
  • Activities and Companionship support
  • Childrens Theatre Support
  • Dementia and Carer Support
  • Emergency Department Support
  • Events & Projects Support
  • Macmillan Centre Information Centre Support
  • Mealtime Support
  • Meet and Greet Volunteer
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy Group Support
  • Patient Group Support
  • Patient Survey
  • Play Support Volunteer
  • Pop-Up Shop Volunteer
  • Postnatal Ward Support
  • Speech & Language Therapy Unit Support
  • Story Teller
  • Trolley Run

And many more…..

What kind of commitment will you need from me?

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As a volunteer there are no obligations and you are free to take on as much or as little volunteer tasks as you wish, all that we ask is that you commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Who can apply?

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If you are aged 16 or over you are eligible to become a volunteer. We are always looking for motivated people who have time to give support to the Trust in a number of areas.

Why do I need to complete an application form?

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It is a requirement of the NHS that you complete an application form for us to obtain your details and also to ensure that we match you with an appropriate volunteering role.

Why do I have to have employment checks?

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Due to the nature of volunteering in the NHS we need to undertake employment checks on anyone working, paid or unpaid, on our premises in order to protect patients and staff.

I have not worked before – who can supply my references?

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We require two references from individuals who have known you for at least three years. These can be from employers, but if you have not recently been employed these can be from other sources such as teacher or tutor, religious or cultural leader, case worker, community or social worker or family doctor. Friends, close relatives and family friends are not permissible and will not be accepted. We must have two references and they must cover at least a three year period. If you are unable to provide two references, or they do not cover three years we will be unable to accept your application.

Why do I need a health check?

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It is important for us to establish that you are fit to undertake the role you are volunteering for and to identify if any modifications are required to assist you to undertake the role.

How long does the application process take?

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Due to the increasing popularity of volunteering, and particularly within hospitals, it can take at least three months for applications to work their way through the process. 

To become a volunteer you need to complete an application form, and we will then ask for references. You will also be required to come for a short informal interview, complete a health declaration form, and a DBS check. You will be asked to bring to the interview an original ID documentation for the completion of your DBS check - copies will then be taken and originals handed back at the interview. Once all of your checks are received and your references have been approved you will be invited to attend a Trust induction day and given a start date. 

How will you contact me?

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The majority of our contact will be through email, so please make sure that you provide us with an email address if possible, and do keep checking your emails.

Current Opportunities


Time commitment : Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 12 noon or 2:00pm - 4:00pm (minimum requirement = 1 hr session per week)

We are looking to appoint enthusiastic registered Pets As Therapy Volunteers and their dogs to visit patients located on wards across the RVI and Freeman Hospital's.

Under the guidance and support of an Occupational Therapist, Pets As Therapy Volunteers are required to visit patients to provide a therapeutic visiting service, which can promote physical and mental wellbeing and improve the rate of recovery.

All Pets As Therapy Volunteer applicants will be required to complete Trust pre-engagement checks, attend the Trust’s one day Induction and Mandatory Training session and adhere to the Pets As Therapy protocol for Volunteering in Hospitals.

For information on becoming a Pets As Therapy Volunteer, visit Pets As Therapy website.

To find out more or apply, please click on the button below.


MediCinema Volunteer

Sessions available: Saturdays 1.30pm – 4.30pm (children’s movies) or 6.30pm – 9.30pm.  Minimum of 2 screenings a month for a minimum of a year. Volunteers need to be aged 18+.

If you are looking for a role that brings immediate benefit and pleasure to patients, one that enables you to see the real difference you’re making to their lives, then volunteering at MediCinema located at the RVI Hospital could be for you.
MediCinema improves the difficult reality of being in hospital or places of care for patients and their families by bringing them genuine movie-going experiences to make them feel better. By creating a true cinema experience MediCinema aims to enrich the lives of patients, many of whom are critically ill or disabled and spend extensive periods of time in hospital or undergoing treatment.

This volunteer role involves assisting at each screening by collecting patients from the ward and assisting them to the MediCinema, pushing wheelchairs and hospital beds as required, then returning patients to their ward once the film is over. To ensure patient safety throughout the film, two NHS nurses are hired for every screening.

Download the 'Role Description' here.

To find out more or apply, please contact us at volunteer-recruitment@nuth.nhs.uk or by clicking the button below.



Time Commitment :    As and when required

The Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH) at the RVI in Newcastle is one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK. GNCH cares for poorly or injured children from Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland and also provides highly specialised care for all children in the North East and North Cumbria with severe or long-term illnesses. As an internationally leading research centre, clinicians at GNCH work side by side with research staff to constantly improve treatments for all childhood diseases.

We are looking to recruit Fundraising Volunteers to support and promote the work of GNCH and GNCH Foundation across the Trust and externally.  This will involve attending charity Fundraising events at both onsite and offsite, to help with bucket collections, raffles and promotions etc. 

To find out more or apply, please click on the button below



Days and times available: Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm

Minimum requirement: 3 hours per week.

This opportunity would perfect for anyone who enjoys meeting/talking to patients, and would like to be part of a team that bring about improvement to the services we offer patients.

The role is to provide support to the Patient Experience Team (PET) with various campaigns which focus on bringing about improvement to our services, with the aim of leading to positive experience for our patients, their relatives or carers.

The main duties will be to approach patients and their families/carers attending wards or outpatient areas, and to listen to their experience of accessing our services. Their feedback will be recorded on handheld tablet (iPad or similar) and results fed back to the PET. Once a month, as a team of PE volunteers, you will meet with the PET to share your insights/observations on how improvements to the patient /visitors experience can be made.

Good listening and communication skills and the ability to tactfully communicate any feedback that requires immediate attention is essential, as is a knowledge of ‘palm-top’ technology.

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

To find out more or apply, please click on the button below.


Trustee Opportunities

Have you ever thought about being a trustee for a local charity? It can be a great opportunity for you to put something back into a cause you believe in, help an organisation with your professional knowledge and expertise and also provide you with development opportunities.

There are several local infrastructure organisations that promote trustee opportunities:

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