Royal Voluntary Service

Are an organisation which truly embrace diversity, our volunteers come from different backgrounds and cultures, and possess varied skills and experience, as do the older people they work with. Regular roles can be offered in lunchtime clubs and social clubs and shift work is available for services such as Befriending and Good Neighbours.

Whether you can spare a few hours once a week, once a fortnight or can give a couple of days each month, there is an opportunity to suit your availability. Royal Voluntary Service are very flexible with working hours and can tailor your time to your volunteering role; we appreciate how busy life can get and can adjust the best times for you to participate.

Be part of making sure that older people in your community get the support they need and want. It couldn’t be easier to volunteer, we offer volunteering roles across the whole of Britain, a local opportunity to help an older person could be just down the road from you.

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There are a variety of voluntary roles within the Trust and the number is growing by the day. Volunteers provide support all around the main hospital sites as well as in other locations where we provide services

The Voluntary Services department enables suitably trained hospital volunteers to help in a variety of ways throughout the hospital, deploying them where they are most needed and suited.

FullSizeRenderWe are keen to hear from people who can spare around 4-10 hours per month and who would be interested in helping on the wards, in particular helping at mealtimes, in clinics, and in Outpatients, supporting the voluntary service office, or acting as a meet and greet guide helping patients to find their way to various destinations within our hospitals.

Volunteering not only improves the experiences of our patients, visitors and staff, but also provides an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Whether you are looking to gain experience in a healthcare environment or simply give a little back to your community.

We currently have a number of volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital.

The role of the volunteer is, and must remain, complementary to the role of paid staff. Volunteers are not an alternative resource or a substitute to be used to fill temporary vacant or discontinued paid posts.

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of at least four months of service. The minimum age for most voluntary roles is 18 years.

Where can you volunteer?

  • Wards – Talk to patients, help patients to select meals, assist with feeding, run errands and bed making.
  • Dining companions – Assist at meal times – distributing meals, making drinks,  talking to patients.
  • Administrator – General administration duties including filing, photocopying, data entry, reception duties.
  • Gardening – Tend to garden area (watering, dead heading, pruning plants and shrubs.)
  • Information Centre Meet and greet service – Welcome visitors, ensure leaflet racks are stocked and tidy, seeking patients comments, suggestions and complaints.
  • Welcome  desk – Help visitors with general enquiries, provide directions.
  • Escorting and directing – Walk visitors to their required destination within the hospital, help with general enquiries.
  • Communications/PR – Assist with writing case studies and articles for publishing, public speaking.
  • Maternity – Meet and greet women and visitors and show them where they need to go, support staff in the care of pregnant women and new mums, help on the ward, assist administration duties.
  • Blood bikers North West – Blood Bikes North West is an Emergency Volunteer Service  that provides the out of hours transportation of urgent medical supplies such as; samples, results and scans, medication and equipment to any NHS establishment within the Northwest.
  • Hospital Radio – Work involves ward visiting to meet the patients, presentation, production and fund-raising.

Hospital Radio

There are 2 radio stations covering our three hospital sites, Radio Lonsdale for Barrow and Bay Trust radio for Kendal and Lancaster. Find out more about volunteering at these stations here at Radio Lonsdale or Bay Trust Radio

How do you become a volunteer?

From time to time we have volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital.

For further information on volunteering at UHMBT, contact Barry Rigg FMCI, on