At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, we currently have over 550 volunteers who provide over 2,000 hours per month of help throughout the Trust.

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and challenge yourself. If you choose to volunteer with us, you know that your time will be spent making a difference to patients when they need it most.

The positive experience of volunteering with us is reflected in the long service of many of our volunteers, who have given many years of outstanding commitment and dedication. We also offer opportunities to young people, many of whom began volunteering with us while still at school, and often return during university holidays to help out.

Our vacancies

The enthusiasm and commitment of our team of active volunteers means that we only have a limited number of roles available to new applicants. However, we are always happy to hear from new volunteers and encourage you to get in touch if you’re interested.

We currently have vacancies in the following areas:

Meal time volunteers

Required to assist patients during either lunch or evening meal service


Assist with fundraising events.

If the role you’re interested in isn’t shown above, please do still get in touch. We will keep your details on file and endeavour to contact you when a more suitable role becomes available.

How to volunteer

Volunteering roles are available to anyone aged 16 years and over that lives, works or attends school or college in the Harrogate district. We regret that, due to an overwhelming demand for opportunities, we are unable to accept applications from anyone who doesn’t live, work or study in the area.

All volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum six month period on a weekly basis, giving anything from an hour to a full day depending on the role. Prior to starting any role, prospective volunteers must:

  • Undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Provide two satisfactory references
  • Attend a volunteer induction

Download an application form

Once your application form is completed, please return the form, either by email or post, to Fiona Tomlinson, Volunteer Services Manager. If you experience difficulties downloading or completing the form, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

01423 555736

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Harrogate District Hospital
Lancaster Park Road

Sixth form and college students

Student Volunteering

We hold two separate intakes in April and November each year for sixth form/college students wishing to apply for volunteering positions. Please note the April intake is now closed and our next student intake will be in November 2019, with a deadline date for all applications of 1 November –note applications received after this date will not be considered and will be held over until April 2020. Due to an overwhelming demand for placements, priority will be given to those students who wish to pursue a Health related career. We will only have a maximum of 40 placements for this intake and we reserve the right to close the application date early if demand exceeds this number.