Volunteer at Barnet Hospital
Help make a difference to patients and staff at Barnet Hospital through various roles.
The Barnet volunteer team will be accepting new applications during these dates:
1st September – 31st October and 1st March – 31st April
Outside of these dates, recruitment will be closed.
Under 23’s please see the Young Volunteers Programme page for recruitment open dates.
Volunteers have the chance to improve the lives of others by befriending a dementia patient, helping hospital visitors navigate the many miles of corridors in the hospitals, chatting with patients while serving coffee and teas, creating beautiful gardens for patients to enjoy, making patients feel better with a new look or haircut, selling sweets and treats to those who can’t leave their ward and much, much more. We will help you identify a role that suits your skills.
If you are interested in being a fundraising volunteer please contact Carla at the fundraising team
One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, and one in four NHS hospital beds is believed to be occupied by a patient with the condition. Stays in hospital can be more difficult for those with this diagnosis.
Our ‘Reach out to Dementia’ scheme trains volunteers to be companions and spend time with patients who have dementia. Patients may be lonely or feel isolated and companions can provide company or undertake activities such as using reminiscence boards which have images provided by the family to help stimulate conversation and memory.
Lindsey's Café volunteers
Lindsey's Café is a new, hospital based social group for people affected by Dementia. It takes place on a Thursday once a month from 2pm to 4pm. We need a volunteer to help make and serve refreshments, to chat and engage in activities with the visitors. Dementia training will be given.
We are looking for volunteers who would be able to provide basic manicures or simple nail painting to inpatients. No experience or qualifications are required and equipment will be provided.
Meet and Greet
Arriving at a hospital can sometimes be a stressful experience and our Meet and Greet volunteers play a key role in assisting patients and visitors to be at ease, with a friendly and reassuring welcome. This role involves ongoing training to enable you to know the hospital very well. After training you will be placed in busy areas to help lost, confused and anxious patients/visitors to find their destination and help them check in at the check in kiosks. Good communication and mobility are essential.
The Accident & Emergency department is always busy. Volunteers help to make those waiting feel more at ease by providing them with teas & coffee, chatting with those waiting to be seen and provide updates on their progress in the queue.
Ward staff are always happy to have volunteers to lend a hand whether it be basic admin, providing companionship to patients or running errands for nursing staff, offering patients coffee and teas, providing companionship to patients around mealtimes, encouraging them to engage in their meal. This role gives you the chance to make meaningful relationships with patients whilst providing valuable support to staff.
Willing gardeners are needed to keep the small courtyard garden of the hospital neat and tidy and appealing for visitors and patients. We are looking for volunteers who are happy to work individually or in a group and who are fully mobile. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get hands dirty!
Volunteer with your therapy dog
Pets are known to help reduce stress, anxiety and help with loneliness and depression. We are delighted to have a partnership with Pets as Therapy and Therapaws who specially check all dogs for their suitability and temperament for the hospital environment. Therapy dogs make regular visits to the children’s ward and elderly wards. The dogs often help long term patients relax and chat about their own pets and help them feel that they are in a more normal, homely environment.
We are looking for volunteers who play a musical instrument to come and play to help brighten up the day of patients and visitors around the hospital. This may be on a ward, or in a busy waiting area. This could be a regular commitment but could equally be a one off. Either way we would love to hear from you.