Volunteer schemes

Our Volunteer schemes are designed to help us structure your experience and to help you make a commitment that works for you. If none of these seems right, please contact us so we can work with you to find an experience that best supports you.

Year rounders

Are you able to make a regular weekly commitment to us throughout most weeks of the year? Perhaps you are retired, or self-employed. You might work-part time, or not at all. If you’re in control of your own time and are able to commit to volunteering throughout the year, then this is the track for you.

Requirements

You: 18+, or 16-18 in part-time education (If you’re 18-25, also consider our young adults volunteer programme)

Your commitment: At least two to four hours a week Monday - Friday during the day, ideally for at least 45 weeks of the year. If you’re 16-18, in part-time education and not employed or self-employed, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week will enable you to meet the Government’s ‘participation’ requirements.

Evenings / weekends

Ready to make a year-round commitment, but don’t have any time Monday to Friday during the day? If you can make a regular weekly commitment to volunteering in the evening or at the weekend, we’d love to hear from you.

Requirements

You: 18+, or 16-18 in part-time education (If you’re 18-25, also consider our young adults volunteer programme)

Your commitment: At least two to four hours a week during the evening or at the weekend, ideally for at least 45 weeks of the year. If you’re 16-18, in part-time education and not employed or self-employed, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week will enable you to meet the Government’s ‘participation’ requirements.

Term-time only

Maybe you’d love to volunteer year-round, but you know your childcare or other commitments will create conflicts during the termly and summer holidays. This track is suitable for adults, or those who are not in full-time education, who want to limit their commitment to school term times.

Requirements

You: 18+, not in full-time education

Your commitment: At least two to four hours a week, ideally for at least 36 weeks of the year during term time. Daytime, evening, weekend or a combination.

Aged 18-25? Take a look at our young adults volunteer programme

Students

Are you 16 or over and in full-time education at a local college or university? Part of our young adults volunteer programme, the Student track recognises that there are times when you will need to put your studies first, such as during exam periods. We also understand that you may be unable to volunteer during termly and summer breaks. Never fear - our Student track is designed to fit your valuable contribution around your busy student life. Please note: Opportunities for 16-18s will differ slightly from 18+ opportunities.

Requirements

You: 16+, in full time education

Your commitment: 72 hours volunteering, which equates to two hours a week for six months. We recommend at least two hours a week, every week during term time, commencing in October and finishing in mid-May, with time out for January exams. Daytime, evening, weekend or a combination.

> This track is particularly suitable for medical and other healthcare students who want to contribute in a voluntary capacity. For work placement, internship and other opportunities, please explore our Aspire programme.

> Find out more about our young adults volunteer programme

Holidays only

Perhaps you’re at college or university elsewhere, but you return to the Birmingham area during holidays. You could be a teacher with time to spare outside term-time. Or giving something back during the holidays might just feel right to you. Whatever the reason, volunteering in short bursts during the winter, spring and summer holiday periods helps us to provide a great service to our patients every day of the year. Please note: Opportunities for 16-18s will differ slightly from 18+ opportunities.

Requirements

You: 16+

Your commitment: Five hours a week during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods, plus five hours a week from mid-June to the end of August (10 weeks) - or - two to four hours a day, five days a week for five weeks during the months of June, July and August.

> Aged 16-25? Take a look at our young adults volunteer programme.

> If you lead a group of young people aged 10-16 who want to volunteer outside term-time, see our group-led volunteering page.

Group-led volunteering (10-16s)

Are you at least 10 years old and part of an organised group? Perhaps you lead a group of young people aged between 10 and 16? We offer bespoke opportunities for our youngest volunteers to contribute on a project basis as part of an organised group.

Requirements

You: 10-16, attending in an organised group with at least one responsible adult

Your commitment: Will vary, but usually a project lasting between two and six hours.

Find out more about group-led volunteering.

Volunteer bank

If none of these tracks seems to fit the time you have, but you’re still keen to contribute, consider joining our volunteer bank, as an ad hoc volunteer for one or more individual projects or as one of our 4x4 snow angels.