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Harrogate and District NHS Trust

Become a volunteer

Update 14th January 2014 - Due to overwhelming demand for placements, please note for the next 6 months we are only able to accept applications for the roles of hand hygiene champions and meal time volunteers. Additional roles will be offered when available. 

Volunteers provide an important link to the community and people of all ages and abilities give up their valuable time to work for the trust for free.

Our volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of our key services and there are  opportunities and fundraising activities within the hospital.

Volunteering roles are open to anyone aged 16 years and over that either live/work or attend school/college within the Harrogate District. We regret that we are unable to accept applications from anyone living outside of the area.

We have introduced two deadline dates for 6th form students wishing to apply for volunteering, these are April and November. Please note your applications must be in by the following dates either 15 April or 15 November.   If your application is outside of these dates it will be held until the next intake. 

Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of a six  month period on a weekly basis giving anything from a hour or two to a full day. All prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check, provide satisfactory references and attend a volunteer induction session prior to being placed.  Please be aware that this process may take up to three months, and there may be a further delay due to the high number of requests that are currently being received.

We have over 500 volunteers who are involved in the following areas:

  • Working in patient clinics

  • Assisting our chaplaincy team

  • Helping out in the WRVS café
  • Welcoming patients and visitors

  • Participating in support groups

  • Running Harrogate Hospital Radio

  • Fund-raising activities
  • The Hospital’s ‘It’s in Your Hands’ Hand Hygiene campaign

  • The Hospital’s annual Open Event

  • Meal Time Assistance volunteering roles

  • Pharmacy

  • Discharge Planning

  • Ward Assistants

  • Admin & Ward Clerk Assistance

Examples of Event Volunteering include:

  • Bag Packs and Sponsored Events

  • The Big Picnic 

  • The Hospital's Annual Open Event

  • The Mayor's "Volunteering Oscars"

  • Medicine for Members Lecture 

To download an online application form click here  After completion please email to fiona.tomlinson@hdft.nhs.uk or alternatively post to Fiona Tomlinson , Volunteer Coordinator, Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate HG2 7SX.

If you experience difficulties either downloading or completing the form, or would like a little more information, please contact Fiona Tomlinson, Volunteer Coordinator on 01423 555736 or email fiona.tomlinson@hdft.nhs.uk. Fiona works closely with Claire Healy, Education Liaison Officer and Zena Chui Work Experience Coordinator.