Young Adult (16-25) volunteer programme

I will logoGiving your time, skills and energy to improve the lives of others is a valuable activity and fulfilling experience at any age. This kind of ‘practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ is known as social action.

The national #iwill campaign promotes social action, including fundraising campaigning and volunteering, among 10-20 year-olds. The Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to be one of the regional beacon sites for #iwill.

Read our #iwill pledge

Why volunteer?

A young volunteer giving directionsWhether you would like to give something back, make new friends, enhance your existing skills or learn something about a career in the NHS, there are so many benefits to volunteering with us…

  • Develop 21st century employability skills
  • Set yourself apart from other candidates in the eyes of potential employers
  • Add a distinctive element to your university or college application form
  • Enhance your own sense of well-being and satisfaction
  • Make a real difference to the lives of other people in your community

What will I do?

As a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), you can choose to support our work at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, or both. There will soon be additional volunteering opportunities at our partner mental health service for 0-25s, Forward Thinking Birmingham.

We ask you to give around 72 hours of your time as a Young Adult Volunteer. You can choose between:

  • volunteering each week, spreading your commitment over about six months
  • volunteering in a concentrated burst during the summer holidays

On the Young Adult Volunteering (YAV) programme, you will rotate through three different volunteer roles during your time with us. Please note that these are consecutive placements, so it’s not possible to have large chunks of time off for exams, for example. So, please consider how volunteering will fit into your overall schedule and apply only if you think you will be able to complete the three rotations without a break.

While you are volunteering, we ask that you consider including either a peer education / awareness-raising or fundraising component (or both) to your work with us; we can offer support with this.

We work hard to ensure we provide a safe environment and adequate supervision for all volunteers. See our volunteering safety page for further details.

Who should apply?

The YAV programme is designed to provide additional support to young people (up to the age of 25) who are trying to make the next step in their educational journey. As well as experience in a hospital setting, it provides advanced training in communication and leadership, plus the opportunity to reflect on the development of the personal qualities you need to succeed. We hope that many YAVs will use the programme to progress on their journeys to healthcare or related careers.

You are invited to apply for the YAV programme if:

  • You are aged 16-18 and you would like to volunteer as an individual (rather than in a group or through your school). Please use our online YAV application form. You’ll also need to have your parent/guardian’s permission.
  • You are 18 or over, not in full-time employment and are confident that you can fit a regular volunteering commitment into your schedule for at least six consecutive months. Please apply online to be an Adult Volunteer and tick the box to say that you are interested in being considered for the YAV programme.
  • You are able to volunteer in one of the slots below:
This month's young adult volunteer opportunities

Hospital Site







Administrative Duties

Children’s or Women’s



Ward Host

Children’s- Waterfall House



Meet and Greet

Please note your application will not be progressed if you apply outside of these current opportunities.

If these vacancies are not suitable to you, please be aware that our opportunities change every month, so please recheck the website regularly.

Have a look at our application process for more information.

Did you know?

There are other ways you can be involved: by advising us and working with our Children’s Hospital to improve its services. As well as volunteering, our support for #iwill also includes:

Aspire programme

Aspire is our award-winning career opportunities programme for 14- to 24-year-olds, particularly targeting those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Aspire offers a number of ways to get involved in the hospital, including apprenticeships, traineeships, internships and more.

Read more about Aspire

Young Persons' Advisory Group (YPAG)

Since 2010, our YPAG has encouraged young people aged 11 to 19 to get involved and making a difference at Birmingham Children's Hospital. By expressing their views, members of this award-winning group can help to shape their local health service and the way services are designed and delivered at the hospital.

Read more about YPAG