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Volunteering with us

The Voluntary Services Team is supported by the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

We have over 400 registered volunteers, aged from 16 to 80+. Our volunteers reflect the diversity of the Sheffield region, being from many different walks of life. What they all have in common is that they want to dedicate some time to helping others.

Volunteers help to improve the experiences of patients and visitors. Our volunteers tell us how rewarding they find their volunteering experience, as it gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to the hospitals.

Volunteers who join the team do so for a variety of reasons including a desire to help others, to give back to the NHS after a personal experience, as a way to fill their spare time or to get experience for a future career. .All we ask is for 3 hours per week of your time for at least 6 months, with a regular commitment and a caring and dependable nature.

What STH volunteer roles can you do?

We offer a variety of volunteer roles. All are non-clinical and complement the work of our paid staff. The roles include: Hospital Welcomers; Pharmacy Runners; Arts Activities volunteers; Clothing Project Volunteers plus many more.

Where are volunteers based?

Volunteers are based at four hospitals in Sheffield – The Jessop Wing, The Northern General Hospital, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Weston Park Cancer Hospital. Some volunteers work within the community.

What will I receive by volunteering at STH?

The Voluntary Services Team will provide comprehensive training and support, to help you provide the best service possible and get the most out of your volunteering. Through regular contact, we will ensure you are happy in your role and have opportunities to develop.

Our recent surveys show that volunteers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals gain confidence, make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy the experience of working in a hospital setting. Some of our volunteers progress to employment with the Trust

On joining, you will automatically become a member of the Trust. We encourage all volunteers to participate in the Trust’s activities.

How do I apply to Volunteer?

You must be aged 16* or above; there is no upper age limit for applications. We do not ask for formal qualifications - simply that you are friendly, caring, approachable and reliable. You must be willing to commit to volunteer with us for at least 3 hours a week for 6 months and undergo the relevant recruitment checks and mandatory training.

Before you can take up a volunteer role shortlisted applicants are invited to an Information Briefing Session. If successful through this process all volunteers complete the Trust’s mandatory training and any role specific training that is required. The team also carry out required clearances including references, Occupational Health Check and DBS check.

*some of our roles require that you are aged 18 or over

To read about our current vacancies and apply please click here
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The Voluntary Services Team
Northern General Hospital
Clocktower Building
Herries Road
S5 7AU
Tel: 0114 271 5735
Twitter: Voluntary Services (@Sheffhospvols) on Twitter


Additional Information

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

0114 2715735 or 2266045

or email:


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