Current volunteer opportunities

What do our volunteers do?

We have lots of different roles available within the Trust, here are some examples of how our volunteers help us.

Patient Companions (Lister Hospital) – Help the patients by serving meals and refreshments, assisting those who need help at mealtimes by opening packets, cutting up food and feeding.  Providing company and running errands for patients. Chatting to patients is an important part of this role.

3 hour shifts – Days: Monday -Sunday: 8:00-11:00, 11:00-14:00, 14:00-17:00 or 17:00-20:00

Department assistants – Duties vary from dept. to dept.  Can include greeting patients, making refreshments, making up beds, topping up cupboards, running errands, collecting TTOs from pharmacy and completing surveys.  3 hour shifts.

Days:  Mon – Fri 09:00 – 16:00

Hospital guides – Working alongside reception staff, escorting patients round the hospital site.

Days:  Monday – Friday:  09:00 – 12:30 and 12:30 – 16:00.

Ward activity volunteers (Lister Hospital) – Working with elderly patients, these volunteers organise activities to stimulate patients e.g.  chatting, playing games, singing.

Days: Wednesday 14:00 – 16:00

Macmillan support volunteers (Lister Hospital) – Meeting and greeting service users, explaining resources available and assisting with clerical duties in the Macmillan information centre.

Days: Monday-Friday 10:00-13:00 or 13:00 – 16:00 two volunteers per session. Must be a minimum of 2 years post treatment (self or family).

Macmillan Chemotherapy Unit (Lister Hospital) – Usually working in pairs, this group of volunteers chat to patients and  make tea and coffee for those waiting for clinic appointments or having their chemotherapy.

Days:  Mondays to Fridays – mornings or afternoons

Sunday service volunteers (Lister Hospital) – A rota of volunteers supporting the hospital chaplains by taking patients to Sunday chapel and assisting them during the service.

Days:  Sundays 09:00 – 12:00

Admin volunteers – Supporting clerical staff by undertaking routine tasks. Some of these roles require basic PC skills.

Days: Monday to Friday – office hours

Fundraising supporters (Lister Hospital) – Assist with community fundraising events under the direction of the fundraising team.  May be involved in some basic clerical duties.

Complementary therapists (Lister Hospital) – Qualified complementary therapists offering energy therapy to patients.


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Find out more

For more information on volunteering opportunities please give the team a call on on 01438 284760 or email

How to apply

If you think you're ready you can apply here. Or you can check out the list of our partner organisations, who are often on the look out for new volunteers.