Please note: If you are currently on a course at college or university and need to have work experience or a work placement as part of your course then this is classified as a work placement and NOT voluntary work - please refer to our section on work experience and work placements.

Volunteering is usually a long term commitment with a minimum undertaking of 12 months. We ask for a minimum of 3 hours once a week to as much as you feel able to give. Expenses will be paid where appropriate and car parking is free for volunteers.

Please re-visit this webpage for further updates on vacancies.

To get a flavour for how volunteering works at the Countess, have a look at our Storify post covering some of our activities during Volunteers' Week 2016.

Why volunteer?

There are many reasons people give for wanting to volunteer:

  • To meet new people and make new friends.
  • To improve your CV.
  • To contribute to the community.
  • To gain confidence in a different environment
  • To broaden your horizons.
  • To make better use of spare time.
  • To learn new skills or experience in a health care setting.
  • To seek out exciting new challenges.

For younger volunteers?

Are you 16 years of age or over and still at school? Are you about to embark on your career path or are you still undecided? Many students and those wanting help with career choices can gain valuable experience, skills and understanding through volunteering that can help them to decide on career paths within the health sector or otherwise, as well as providing a valuable addition to CVs and applications to college and university.

For older volunteers?

Why not make the most of your experience and expertise by passing it on? Volunteering can represent a new phase of life, for many it is the ideal opportunity to do something they have always wanted to do but never had the chance. Volunteering means keeping busy, active and involved right through later life. No one is too old to have 'nothing' worthwhile to contribute and being older is your greatest asset.

Everyone has something to give - What can I do?

  1. Ward and A&E volunteers
  2. Administration and office work
  3. Meet and greet service
  4. Evening reception
  5. Assist with fundraising and collections
  6. Get involved with new initiatives and projects

For further information on volunteering, for an application form or details on how you can get involved, contact: coch.volunteers@nhs.net

We are unable to offer volunteering opportunities within maternity, laboratories, portering or any of the therapies.