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Volunteering at the L&D

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Thank you for considering volunteering at the L&D. Volunteers are a valued part of our team and give us over 25,000 hours each year.

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. Perhaps you are interested in a career in the NHS and want to know what it's like? However if this is so, you do need to understand that volunteering is not work experience - although undoubtedly it will  improve your CV or personal statement , you will need to demonstrate that is helping others that is very important to you. 

Please note - If it is work experience you are seeking please click here to see the L&D's work experience pages. Please do not contact Voluntary Services as they are unable to respond to Work Experience queries.

Volunteering roles at the L&D

There are many different roles that you can become involved in –

  • assisting at mealtimes
  • helping on the Wards and in A&E
  • meeting and greeting visitors on Main Reception and in the Macmillan Unit
  • helping make teas and coffees for patients waiting for theatre appointments
  • helping admin staff with those time consuming little jobs
  • visiting patients as a Chaplaincy Volunteer
  • supporting the Pharmacy

These are just a few of the many things that you can do to offer your support - we have many other roles, and are committed to developing and expanding new opportunities.

Please see our Volunteer Video below.


What do we look for in a Volunteer?

  • good communication skills   
  • a warm, friendly personality 
  • being comfortable approaching people to offer assistance 
  • reliability and commitment

What will you receive?

  • training for the role
  • the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

  • long service awards 

  • annual “thank you” party

How much time will I have to give?

  • We ask for a minimum of two to three hours a week and a commitment of six months or longer


How do I become a Volunteer? 

If you feel that you have the qualities we are looking for in our volunteers and you are over 18 years of ageplease email the Voluntary Service Department telling us a little bit about yourself and why you wish to volunteer and we will send you our volunteer information booklet by return:

Please send us an email at 

or if you are unable to email, call us on 01582 497384

All potential new volunteers will, of course, need to go through an application process very similar to our paid staff, which will include an interview, health screening, Disclosure and Barring Service check (if required) and two satisfactory references. 

We look forward to hearing from you