Our Volunteering Roles
You may choose to volunteer at the Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, or both. There are also some volunteering opportunities within our mental health service for 0-25s – Forward Thinking Birmingham and our inpatient clinic Parkview.
A role for you if you like keeping busy, helping out with tasks, keeping supplies topped up and supporting busy parents and staff around the bed. Additionally, there are many play and reading opportunities at the Children’s.
A rewarding role for you if you like chatting to people, guiding them through the hospital experience and keeping them updated. Additionally, you would support the staff with varied tasks.
If you are organised, happy to support behind the scenes with general admin duties and keen to get ‘stuck in’, this role may be just for you.
Meet and greet/wayfinders
As one of the first people visitors see when they enter the hospital, we need friendly, confident volunteers with good communication skills to greet and escort around the hospital.
Collect Friends and Family Test feedback from the visitors, patients and staff on wards or clinics to improve our services from our tablets.
Volunteers work with the chaplaincy team in a variety of roles, including visiting patients on the ward, prayers and hospitality in our chapel and administrative support.
Once we receive your expression of interest, we would forward your details to our Chaplaincy Team.
Breastfeeding Peer Support
A vital and specialised role, so we offer a comprehensive 20-hour training course, with an extra week for assessment. The trainer will also provide ongoing mentoring and introduce you to the volunteering team.
Once we receive your expression of interest, we will forward your details to our Breastfeeding Peer Support Trainer.
Partner volunteer opportunities
We’re also proud to have connections with various organisations and local groups who provide even more support to our hospitals. If we’re unable to find a role that fits your availability, you could try contacting one of the following:
Birmingham Children’s Hospital has its own Scout and Guide Group (Onaway) made up of dedicated leaders from local community Scout and Guide Groups. These volunteers visit patients and families on the wards on Thursday evenings to offer themed creative activities and compassionate support to patients, siblings and families. If you are a Scout and Guide Leader or member or share their principles and would like to join this award-winning group, please complete our application form.
Radio Lollipop is an international charity organisation founded in 1979 to provide care, comfort, play and entertainment for children and young people in hospitals. The service is provided entirely by volunteers who have been specially selected and trained to make a child's stay in hospital more fun and less frightening.
Run by Sociability Care, Noah’s Star is an independent charity that supports the siblings of sick and premature babies admitted to the Neonatal Unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. As well as being a stressful time for parents, having to spend so much time at the hospital is difficult for the siblings of preterm babies. Helping to meet the varied needs of siblings allows parents to spend more time bonding with and caring for their new baby while reducing the risk of sibling rivalry.
Pets as Therapy is a national charity that aims to enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally-assessed animals. They provide a visiting service on wards and outpatient areas at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Forward Thinking Birmingham
Support at the four different hubs with administration, topping up on resources, setting up clinic rooms for patients visiting the hub for their appointments.
Volunteers support at Parkview Clinic by self-delivering various sessions to improve the inpatient's mental health, the sessions entail various activities from fitness, and creative arts to makeup and beauty.
Please note that volunteering is NOT the same as work experience and there are no specific opportunities for observation of clinical procedures or facilities to shadow qualified members of staff. For work experience, please contact our Aspire team.
If you are interested in volunteering: