HOW VOLUNTEERING WORKS

We offer a wide range of volunteer roles across various hospitals within the Trust, and we’re keen to attract diverse people to volunteer. From Care Companion to Chaplaincy, from Dining Companion to Tea Bar Assistant, to the Information Desk and beyond, there is sure to be an opportunity that suits your skills.

Volunteer roles include meeting, greeting and escorting visitors; befriending patients on wards through playing board games, reading and listening; providing hand rub therapy; providing reminiscence activities with patients who have dementia; assisting with admin; collecting patient feedback; driving an eco bus which transports patients across the site.

As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy a special one day induction course to welcome you to the Trust. We’ll also provide training relevant to your role - from wheelchair training, to safeguarding awareness training and dementia care training. Our team of experienced senior volunteers will be on hand to offer you support and encouragement. In return for your commitment, we’ll provide you with a uniform and cover reasonable travel expenses.

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

“I was grateful to the volunteers who took me to the Chapel when I was a patient in the Hospital 20 years ago. I decided to show my gratitude in a practical way, and have been a volunteer helper ever since. It is particularly rewarding to take Holy Communion to the patients and to share our experiences.” Hospital Volunteer Chaplain

“I enjoy working in the tea bar as it gives me a chance of meeting and helping people. A happy friendly face, and a cup of tea and toast, can be very comforting to anxious patients, relatives and carers.” League of Friends Volunteer

“My volunteering journey at the Trust began when I was 16 years old; during the subsequent years I have learnt an incredible amount about others and myself. In my current work as a Care Companion, I commit an evening a week to visiting patients whom more often than not do not have regular visitors or who are living with Dementia. It’s a fascinating role where no two weeks are the same; I’ve had the privilege of speaking to war veterans, ex-professional dancers and even a lady from Australia. It was through volunteering that my interest in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease began to grow. The experience I have gained simply through volunteering has shaped my future career aspirations.” Volunteer Care Companion

REWARDING VOLUNTEERS

Volunteering at the Trust is rewarding in and of itself. There’s nothing like the warm glow you’ll feel at having made a difference for somebody at a time of need. But we also like to celebrate our volunteers and their brilliant work. So we organise a range of events for volunteers - from coffee mornings, to networking breakfasts, to an afternoon buffet with awards and certificates. 

We recognise that many people volunteer as a way to boost their CV and open themselves up to job opportunities. So as well as giving you responsibilities that will look good on your CV, we’ll also provide training to help you develop transferable skills you’ll need in your volunteering role. What’s more, we are happy to support your success in the job market by providing a reference.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

If you are aged 16 or over, you can apply to become a volunteer. If under 18, you must have a signed parental/carer consent form. As a volunteer, you will undergo:

  • An interview with the voluntary services manager or specialty lead
  • Identity and right to work check
  • A volunteer health assessment
  • Referencing
  • A disclosure and barring check (where applicable)

If you are interested in volunteering at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital or Trafford Hospitals please click here.

Or if you are interested in volunteering at Wythenshawe and Withington Hospitals please click here.