Why volunteer at UCLH? 

At UCLH giving your time helps make a big difference to our patient’s lives. Having volunteers enables us to do more, whether that is time to spend with patients, or helping give our teams extra capacity.

Volunteering is a two-way exchange of skills, and we want your volunteering with us to be a rewarding experience. Some of the main reasons to volunteer with us are:

  • Make a real difference to our patients, their families, friends and relatives.
  • Give something back to your local community.
  • You will be part of a team - as well as being part of our large volunteer team you will have a volunteer supervisor who will support you throughout your volunteering journey.
  • Learn new skills. Volunteering is a great way of developing lots of different types of skills, and in addition we will ensure that youa re fully trained to carry out your role including access to core online training and ongoing development opportunities.
  • Improve your CV and get some work experience: many of our volunteers have found that volunteering significant assisted them in finding employment and helped them apply to university.
  • Meet other interesting people of all ages and backgrounds and make new friends. You will be invited to Volunteer Forums and other events, where you will be able to network with other volunteers across UCLH.
  • Do something different and have Fun.

 What our patients say...

  • “This service is wonderful and I hope it continues. The therapist was very professional and polite and talked me through the therapy. I felt very relaxed and have had the best night sleep in a long time! It should be part of every hospital experience”

    Claire, an inpatient at UCH who received Reflexology by a Volunteer Complimentary Therapist

  • “When I arrived at the Centre I was quite worked up, it was a two-hour journey down and I was quite anxious about the whole thing. When me and my wife first walked through the door we were really impressed with the building but a little overwhelmed! Then this young lady came up to us and asked if we needed help. She wasn’t patronising, and it didn’t feel like she was intruding. She chatted to us, listened and showed us where we needed to go. I immediately felt better. She was welcoming and friendly and actually helped distract me from worrying. I think all hospitals should have a similar service.”

    Graham, a patient visiting the Cancer Centre who was greeted by a volunteer welcomer and guide.