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 Junior (10-16s) and Group-Led Volunteering is different. Please see the individual pages for details.)

Steps to becoming a volunteer

1) Take a look at Where do you fit in? to determine what kind of commitment might be right for you.

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? Have a look at some of our volunteer profiles?

3) Apply online 

  • If you would like to apply to be a member of either Think 4 Brum or YPAG, please use our online application specifically for these youth advisory groups.

Think 4 Brum/YPAG application


  • If you are aged 16-18, you should apply online using our

Young Adult Volunteer application

  • Even if you would like to apply for the YAV programme, if you are 18 or older, please apply using our

Adult Volunteer application

Please note:

  • If you are interested in being a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), please note that this programme consists of three consecutive two-month placements which are largely pre-defined. If you would like to be considered for our YAV programme, please tick to indicate this on the Adult application form when you apply.
  • Referees must have known you for at least 2 years. This can be a tutor, manager, colleague, neighbour, friend etc. We cannot accept references from relatives or partners.
  • Snow Angel applicants should complete an online Expression of Interest

We are currently inviting YAV applications according to our monthly recruitment needs. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any available YAV slots outside these times, but we will update the table when our needs change. We are accepting adults on all days/times.

4) Once we have assessed your application, we will invite you to attend an informal interview. If you are selected to go forward, you will also need to undergo a 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 good match for your role, the final step before you start your first shift as a volunteer will be to undertake an induction and appropriate training, which, for YAVs, 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.

You may also need access to:

  • Your immunisation record (your GP might have a copy of this).