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Our volunteers help to improve the patient experience and support the hospital and its staff, making the hospital a more welcoming place for patients and visitors.

We aim to make every visitor’s and patients’ experience at our hospitals the best that it can be. That’s why we have hundreds of volunteers across The Royal Free, Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Royal Free London services at Edgware who make small acts that often make a big difference to someone’s day. If you are aged 16-25 please look at our young volunteer programme. 

To see what our volunteers get up to and how they make a difference see our regular blog.

Am I eligible to apply to volunteer?

We ask that our volunteers:

  • Are at least 16 years old.
  • Are interested in volunteering for at least 6 months for at least 3 hours per week.

All volunteers are assessed on an individual basis in regards to the volunteer roles that they are applying for. We strongly believe in equal opportunities and welcome applicants that are representative of our diverse local and wider communities.

Support for Volunteers

  • Comprehensive induction, training and support from one of our Volunteer Coordinators throughout the placement. 
  • Agreed upon travel expenses will be fully reimbursed.
  • Personal/Professional development and training is available.
  • Support to improve your employability.
  • Opportunities to learn from long term volunteers.
  • Purple Volunteer Top is provided.

Work Experience

Please note that volunteering does not involve work experience, any clinical work, work in laboratories, or the observing or shadowing of clinicians. If you are interested in Work Experience please see the advice on the Royal Free Trust Website

Volunteer Newsletter

Read more about the latest volunteer activities at The Royal Free Hospital, London. Copies of the latest newsletters are available from the Volunteer's Office.

Volunteer at Royal Free

Volunteering opportunities for those who live in, or close to, Camden

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Volunteer at Barnet Hospital

Volunteering opportunities for those who live in, or close to, Barnet.

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Volunteer at Chase Farm

Volunteering opportunities for those who live in, or close to, Enfield

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Fundraising Volunteering

Have fun and raise funds to support your local hospital

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Young Volunteers Programme

The Young Volunteers Programme provides local 16 - 25 year olds with the opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting, develop new skills and to learn about the NHS.

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