Volunteer recruitment is changing

Voluntary Services in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Thanks to the support of local people, Sheffield Hospitals Charity is able to help doctors and nurses deliver the best possible care. Money raised funds specialist equipment, pioneering research, patient support services and the transformation of your hospitals into more comfortable and welcoming spaces.

The charity funds the running of the Volunteer Service because the people who volunteer their time for free all help to make things that little bit easier for patients, at a time when they really need it.

To find out more about our work, or make a donation; please contact us on 0114 271 1351, email charity@shct.nhs.uk or visit sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk.

Volunteers play a vital role within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We have over 500 volunteers who help us to provide much needed support for our patients across our hospitals and in the community.

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, click here to go to our new web based homepage where you can fill in an online application form.


No access to a computer? Don't worry, you can fill in a paper application form. Please call us to arrange this.

Who can volunteer?

People from the age of 16 can volunteer with us. Although some roles are only open to people who are 18 or over. No qualifications are required- just a caring and friendly personality.

How much time do I have to give?

We need people to commit to at least 3 hours per week and for a minimum of 6 months – you can volunteer more than that or for longer if you want to. Some roles will need people to commit for longer for example Arts in Health volunteers need to commit 2 hours per week for at least 12 months.

If you are aged 50 or over and are looking for volunteer opportunities, please visit the Over 50’s project page.


The Trust currently has approximately 650 volunteers that fulfil a number of different roles on wards and departments. Among the opportunities on offer, we have welcomers on outpatients and main entrances, patient survey volunteers, coffee shop assistants, ward based roles and charity shops assistants.

We are keen to recruit volunteers from all age groups. Working closely with schools, colleges and other groups within the community across Sheffield, we encourage people from the age of 16 to volunteer with us.

In particular, we encourage those who may otherwise be socially excluded to get involved in healthcare, and help them decide their future career choices. Please note some roles may require volunteers to be aged 18 and over.

Mature people are also a real asset to the Trust. They bring their valuable life and work skills to enhance our services and pass on their knowledge to staff and fellow volunteers.

We offer volunteers meaningful roles which can increase an individual’s confidence and allow them to gain valuable experience within a healthcare setting.

Volunteers are able to enhance their employment opportunities and gain an insight into a profession should they be considering a career change.

We want Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to be a place where people are positive about volunteering and where the volunteering experience creates a real impact on their lives as well as improving services for patients, families, visitors and staff at the Trust.


Help fund our volunteers

Would you like to help support the amazing work our volunteers do? You can now make a donation through Sheffield Hospitals Charity to help fund volunteers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Just use the button below:


Our Supporters

This work is supported by Nesta as part of the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, in partnership with the Cabinet Office



Additional Information

We welcome volunteers of all ages. For further information please contact the voluntary services team on:

0114 2715735 or 2266045

or email: volunteer@sth.nhs.uk


Voluntary Services Newsletter Summer 2018

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