Apply to become a volunteer

It's great you want to volunteer with us - it's such a rewarding and worthwhile thing to do.  Volunteering benefits those that you are helping and yourself.  However, before we offer you a place, we want to get to know you a bit more and tell you about our application process.

We request that people wishing to volunteer, commit for a minimum of 1 year.  We are only recruiting to the following roles:

  • Buggy Drivers
  • Fundraisers
  • Group Activities Volunteers
  • Outpatient Befrienders

There are five steps to becoming a volunteer at our hospitals, which are:

  1. Take a look at our available volunteering roles and the role descriptions
  2. Register your interest by completing our online expression of interests form
  3. We will review your expression of interest form to ensure that you meet our criteria
  4. We will send you an application pack, where we will obtain your references, occupational health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  5. Once the on-boarding process is complete, you’ll be invited in for an induction

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

By law, all staff and volunteers must undertake a DBS clearance check every three years if they are working unsupervised with our vulnerable patients.

DBS checks help us to reassure patients and their families, friends and carers that our staff are adequately checked to best support our patients.

Before you receive a conditional offer you will be asked to complete a DBS check. We will also ask you to declare any previous convictions to us in a separate form, but don’t worry – your response will be treated in the strictest confidence.

You will not automatically be denied a placement if you have any previous convictions but we will ask to talk to you about this.

We will take the nature and date into consideration before we make you an offer.

DBS process

The DBS check takes place online, and you may be asked to provide additional information via email, so please make sure you include a valid email address. If you do not have an email address, let us know – we can help.

DBS checks can occasionally be delayed, so please be patient.

Please let us know when the completed check is delivered to your home address so we can take a copy and record the date.

Valid types of ID

You will need to provide valid ID to:

  • undertake a DBS check
  • verify you are who you say you are

You must provide the originals and not copies. Any bills you supply to confirm your identity must be dated within the last three months, excluding council tax, which can be dated within the last 12 months.

Feedback

I've only been volunteering at Queen's for a short while but I can already see how kind the people are and the warm environment that they've created here. Everybody treats me kindly no matter if they're ward sisters, other volunteers, nurses or doctors and this is a huge testament to how wonderful the people in this hospital are! The patients are full of spirit even though they're fighting the hardest battles! I like to put a smile on their face and they always put a smile on mine! I'm very happy volunteering at Queen's!

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