Young Adults (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 seven 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, you can choose to support our work at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, or both. There are 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 (Student track). We hope this track will shortly be suitable for Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.
  • volunteering in a concentrated burst during holiday periods (see our 'holidays only' track)

The Young Adult volunteering programme includes the opportunity to rotate through three to four different wards/services during your time with us. 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.

Please note that if you’re aged 16-18 in part-time education and not employed or self-employed, you will need to volunteer for at least 20 hours a week to meet the Government’s participation requirements. Please see our ‘year-rounders’ and ‘evenings/weekends’ volunteer schemes for options that may suit you.

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

Young adults volunteering tracks


Are you 16 or over and in full-time education at a local college or university? 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.


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.

Holidays only

Perhaps you’re at college or university elsewhere, but you return to the Birmingham area during holidays. 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.


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 hours a day, five days a week for five weeks during the months of June, July and August.

Get involved

Have a look at our application process to see how to start your volunteer journey with us. If you’re 16-18, you’ll also need to have your parent/guardian’s permission.

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

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