Voluntary Services

Volunteering with University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us, either at the Bristol city-centre hospitals or at Weston General Hospital.

Our volunteers, and the roles they carry out, all have the aim of helping to make patients' and visitors' time in our hospitals a bit easier.

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Hospital sites covered by Voluntary Services

Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Central Health Clinic, South Bristol Community Hospital, St Michael's Hospital, Weston General Hospital.


Volunteering and the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the number of volunteers we can currently have within our hospitals, and the roles they carry out. For information on how to apply to the roles we are recruiting for, please visit the UHBW jobs page.

We regularly review the roles that volunteers can safely undertake within our hospitals, and are looking at roles that could be carried out remotely. If we are not recruiting for new volunteers at the moment, or the role/s is not one you wish to apply for, please do keep checking back on the link above.


How to apply

When we are recruiting for new volunteers, details of the roles available and access to the application process can be found on the UHBW jobs page

Please read the details of each role carefully to make sure you can meet our requirements for skills and abilities, and that your availability matches when the volunteering role takes place.  Please fill in your application form fully and carefully as we cannot progress incomplete forms.


Application process

Throughout the recruitment process we will assess your skills and abilities, and how they fit with the volunteering roles we have available.  We will also complete various recruitment checks, including references and identity/right to be in the UK, and for some roles we carry out a criminal record check (Disclosure and Barring Service). Each volunteer role description states if a Disclosure and Barring Service check is required, and if it is, at what level.

Once all recruitment checks are completed satisfactorily and we have a role available that matches your skills, abilities and availability, we will arrange induction training. This training includes mandatory and statutory topics and is completed prior to starting your volunteering. Currently this training is delivered online.


Commitment to your volunteering role

For all roles we ask for a commitment of at least 50 hours of volunteering service, usually through two to four hours of volunteering each week for six months.  Some volunteering roles can be carried out during the evening and/or at weekends. Please see individual role descriptions for further information when the volunteering can take place.


Support for you

We want you to enjoy your volunteering and to settle into your role quickly.  Over the first few volunteering sessions, volunteers complete a competency document; the competencies describe the main tasks and behaviours we expect volunteers to achieve and feel confident in.  You will also be given a reflective diary.  The reflective diary is for you to use as you feel appropriate; you may find it helpful to record how your volunteering experience progresses and what you learn from it. 


Contact us

By email: volunteering@uhbw.nhs.uk

By telephone: 0117 34 21530 (Main Bristol office)

                      01934 647005 (Weston office)

Hours: 8.00am - 3.00pm (Monday to Friday)