Application process

One of our volunteersWhether you’re applying to our young adults volunteering programme, or as an adult volunteer, the process is very similar. (The application process for Group-Led Volunteering is different. Please see our group-led volunteering page for details.)

Steps to becoming a volunteer

1) Take a look at our volunteer schemes to determine what kind of commitment might be right for you. If you’re aged 16-25, see our young adults volunteering programme for options.

2) Read our role descriptions to see what kind of areas you might be interested in. It’s a good idea to apply for at least two roles, in case we don’t have vacant slots that match your availability in a specific area. (Please note that, if you’re under 18, you will not normally be able to volunteer in the Emergency Department.) Still not sure what to go for? Why not have a look at some of our volunteer profiles?

3) Apply online using either our young adult volunteer application (16-25s) or adult volunteer application (18+, or 16-18 in part-time education), depending on your commitment. Ideally, applications to all of our volunteer programmes (including references) should be made using the correct online application. If you require any support, please speak to us or book one of our application surgery times. Surgeries are held in the Volunteer Hub in the main reception of Birmingham Childen's Hospital, just across from the Fundraising Hub.

4) We will write to you after we have assessed your application. If you are selected, we will ask you to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health clearance, which is to ensure that you will not be put at risk by the role you are about to undertake. You can help to progress your application by answering any questions promptly and monitoring the progress of these checks.

5) Provided your checks are a satisfactory match for your chosen role, the final step before you start your first shift as a volunteer will be to undertake an induction and appropriate training, which will include attendance at a training day.

Documents and information you’ll need

You’ll need at least three forms of identification to complete the application process. You will need to be able to provide documents that prove

  • Your identity, such as a passport, identity card, photo driving licence or UK birth certificate
  • Your right to work in the UK (even though you are only volunteering, we are obliged to check this)
  • Your address
  • Your age, such as a passport, driving licence or UK birth certificate.

You’ll also need details of

  • Any convictions or police cautions.

If you're volunteering as part of a group you may also need

  • Your immunisation record (this may be obtainable through your GP).