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:

Admin Volunteer, Child Development Centre, Northallerton

This role includes reception duties, answering the telephone and meeting and greeting patients.  The Centre is open from Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm – any hours you could give would be gratefully received.

Meal time volunteers

Required to assist patients during either lunch or evening meal service


Assist with fundraising events.

Physiotherapy Rehab Clinics

Helping to set up the clinics, and making refreshments for patients.  These clinics run every afternoon, Monday – Friday.

Discharge Lounge

Friday afternoons, 2-5pm.  A volunteer is required to assist patients who are leaving hospital, i.e., collecting them from the ward and serving refreshments whilst they wait to go home and escorting them to the front entrance.

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 hesitate to get in touch.

01423 555736

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

Sixth form and college students

We hold two separate intakes in April and November for sixth form students wishing to apply for volunteering positions. Applications are now closed for this intake.  Our next student intake will be in November 2018 with a deadline date for applications of 1 November. Please note, we reserve the right to close the application date early if we are experiencing an overwhelming demand for placements.