Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

Our dedicated volunteers

We simply could not do all that we do without our inspiring, passionate and caring team of volunteers.

Our dedicated volunteers offer practical and emotional support to our patients, providing a helping hand for our staff and a friendly face for our visitors. They are able to support the hospital in a number of ways from welcoming and directing visitors, giving out refreshments on the wards or chatting to patients. 

What’s in it for you?

You’ll make new friends, meet and work with new people from all walks of life, learn new skills and gain new experience. Our volunteers tell us they feel more confident and happy by giving back and helping others.

Volunteering opportunities

Active Responder

Our Active Responder volunteers are specially trained to support staff and patients where they are most needed. Staff bleep volunteers requesting their support, focusing on befriending, chatting and listening to patients, providing emotional support to anxious patients and support during mealtimes.

Active Response Volunteer Task Description.pdf [pdf] 1MB

Archives volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic and keen volunteers to assist our archive staff by undertaking a variety of tasks to preserve and make accessible the archives of our hospitals.

Archives volunteer role description, updated Oct 2021.docx [docx] 1MB

Barts Guild shop assistant

The Guild Shop at St Bartholomew's Hospital is open Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4pm and sells biscuits, crisps, confectionery, drinks, magazines, newspapers, souvenirs and toiletries to patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

Volunteers who work in the shop serve customers using our touchscreen smart till and credit/debit card machine, replenish the shelves and keep the place looking tidy, all with a cheery smile! Stock control is another aspect where our volunteers contribute by prompting orders, assisting with deliveries and helping to maintain accurate records.

Barts Guild shop volunteer role description [pdf] 415KB

Bliss Champions

Bliss Champions volunteer on neonatal units to help families of premature and sick babies access the information and support services that we provide. As an organisation, we aim to ensure that families with a baby on a neonatal unit for more than 24 hours have access to our resources and support. Bliss Champions help us make this possible and provide a key link between neonatal units and Bliss services.

Bliss Champion Task Description.pdf [pdf] 1MB


Our specially trained Chaplaincy volunteers provide a listening ear, spiritual support and a comforting word to the patients and their loved ones.

Chaplaincy - Task Description.pdf [pdf] 890KB

Patient Research Champions

A Patient Research Champion (PRC) is someone who promotes health research from a patient’s point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

Patient Research Champion role.pdf [pdf] 456KB

Macmillan Centres (all sites)

We need volunteers to help run the Macmillan Information and Support centres at Barts Health NHS Trust. We provide information and support to anyone affected by cancer whether that be patients, relatives and friends, the general public, or health care professionals who need detailed information. Our service users might want to know about a particular type of cancer, need help when being discharged or just wish to talk to someone about how they are feeling.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Task Description.pdf [pdf] 891KB

Museum volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic and keen volunteers to staff and supervise St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum. You will be required to greet visitors, sell publications, and answer or pass on enquiries to archive staff. 

Museum volunteer role description, updated Oct 2021.docx [docx] 1MB

Patient Voice

Are you, or someone you care for, a patient at The Royal London or Mile End hospitals? Do you feel passionate about high quality health care? Hospital staff are calling on local people to join a new Patient Panel to help identify how to improve the experience for patients coming into the hospital and their families.

Patient Voice Design - Task Description.pdf [pdf] 753KB