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Volunteering at the L&D

Volunteering at the L&D

There has been a long tradition of over 75 years of volunteering at the L&D. Volunteers continue to make a huge contribution today by complementing the work of the staff and providing extra help for patients and visitors in various wards and departments. We currently have over 400 volunteers regularly attending the hospital but there is always room for more.

People volunteer for a variety of different reasons, some want to give something back to the hospital for the treatment they have received, or they may have recently retired and have some spare time, or be thinking of going into the health care profession.

All volunteers at the hospital are registered with the Voluntary Service Department and are either recruited by the Voluntary Services Team or the WRVS.

There are many different roles that you can become involved in - ward helpers, assisting at mealtimes, welcoming patients and visitors at main reception, providing directions, accident and emergency, helping with refreshments and supporting pharmacy, to name a few.

Applying to become a Volunteer

If you would like to become a volunteer and you are over 18 years of age, please contact the Voluntary Service Department and we will send you our volunteer information booklet.

All potential new volunteers will, of course, need to go through an application process which will include health screening, disclosure and Barring service check (if required) and two satisfactory references. This can take several weeks and we therefore hope that volunteers will make a minimum commitment of six months.

Due to a high volume of enquiries, we have currently suspended recruitment, however we will resume this  in the New Year.
For more information, please contact us after 1st January 2015.


Voluntary Services Manager
The Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Lewsey Road
LU4 0DZ  

Phone: 01582 497357

We look forward to hearing from you.



The Chaplaincy Team is here for all, and the chapel and prayer room are always open as a place for quiet reflection, worship and prayer.

The Chaplaincy has a team of volunteers who work with the Chaplains in offering care and support to patients, visitors and staff. Ward visitors visit their wards and areas each week and volunteers from many faith traditions visit patients offering a listening ear and a chat. There is also a team who visit patients and bring patients to Chapel on a Sunday morning, other volunteers play the organ or sit with patients.

For further information please email or 01582 497357

Hospital Radio (LDHR)

Or members join us for many reasons -  whether to tinker with electronics, play with a pretty impressive hi-fi or just to become famous!

But they all have one thing in common - their desire to provide entertainment and companionship for those in our hospital.  LDHR is part of the unique British hospital radio tradition - no other country in the world has such a service. It is funded by donations and staffed by dedicated volunteers operating the station for everyone in the L&D.


Employee Volunteering

Local companies support the hospital by volunteering for a day; this can involve decorating an area or gardening.  For current opportunities please email


Voluntary work

Thank you

Thank you to volunteers from the Ascertiva Communications Team who kindly redecorated the Relatives Room in the Coronary Care Unit and donated artwork and cash from their staff dress down day.  Formerly known as NICEIC, the Ascrertiva Group is a third party certification company with brands servicing business.  Ward staff are delighted with the freshly decorated room.