Become a volunteer

In support of the national efforts relating to the control of coronavirus, and in line with advice from Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust, we have sadly suspended recruitment to all volunteer posts, which is now under review. We will update our website when further information is available.

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Welcome to the team!

Volunteering at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is a truly worthwhile way to give a little of your time each week to help your local community. All our roles are designed to make maximum impact on the wellbeing of our patients. We’re a welcoming, friendly team always looking for new volunteers to join us.  Have a look at the Volunteering Opportunities to learn more about the different volunteer roles.

Here’s how to apply:

Online – please visit the Latest Vacancies pages and read more about the roles currently available and apply online.

Here are the FIVE steps to becoming a CUH volunteer:

1. Apply
Please complete the details on the application form as fully as you can, this will help us to see whether one of our roles matches your requirements. You need to have the right to work in the UK to apply for a volunteering role.

2. Come to an assessment event
If we think that we might match your requirements to a role, we’ll invite you to an assessment event. Held twice a month, these 2 to 3 hour sessions enable you to find out more about volunteering at CUH and meet other prospective new volunteers too. There will be group activities and a short individual interview, all held in a friendly and welcoming environment.

3. Complete the recruitment checks
We’ll guide you through the process of ID documents, health checks, references, disclosure and barring service (DBS) and occupational health clearance.  These checks can be completed within a few weeks, providing you are able to supply the correct documentation and your referees respond promptly.

4. Attend induction
Our induction programme is in 2 parts.  First some e-learning to complete prior to attending a half-day face-to-face session where you’ll get to meet other new volunteers.  The sessions are held once a month, last for half a day (morning or afternoon) and are for volunteers only. The induction programme provides all of the mandatory training volunteers must complete before they start their placement, and is another great opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers and be welcomed into the team by staff.

5. Ready to start
After induction, you’re ready to start, but you won’t be thrown in at the deep end! We’ll support you with a mentor for your first few sessions until you feel comfortable. You’ll join a team, and will have access to support, training and other regular events to help you develop within your chosen role.



Could you help?

Our volunteers make a real difference to patients and staff.

Volunteering opportunities

Exciting volunteering roles available now.

Together - Safe, kind, Excellent