Volunteering FAQs

Everything you need to know about volunteering

It’s quite common to have some questions before you start volunteering. If your question doesn’t appear on this list, please feel free to send an email to hrch.volunteering@nhs.net and we’ll be happy to help.

All volunteers must complete the necessary training and DBS (criminal record), occupational health checks, and provide suitable references before they start.

On average, it will take 4-6 weeks to complete the recruitment process.

This depends on:

  • How quickly you fill in and return the application form
  • How quickly you complete/attend the appropriate training sessions
  • How quickly we receive your references and DBS check back

People choose HRCH because they:

  • Enjoy helping others and want to play a role in improving the patient and visitor experience
  • Want to give something back to HRCH after they or a family member have been treated here
  • Want to contribute to their local community
  • Want to use the role to demonstrate their existing skills and further their personal development
  • Want to make a positive difference to the lives of others
  • Want to meet new people from all walks of life
  • Want to put to good use the skills and experience they have gained over their lifetime in supporting the Trust
  • Are thinking about career choices, and considering joining the health and social care sector.

Yes, all volunteers must attend our compulsory volunteer training programme that uses a combination of e-learning and face to face induction.

Please note, alternative arrangements can be made for individuals who cannot access e-learning.

The majority of our volunteering roles require you to wear our bespoke round neck t-shirt that you wear with your own smart casual clothes.

We will provide you with this and it is your responsibility to look after it and keep it clean. You are also required to wear an ID badge, which must be worn at all times.

You are asked to return both of these items when you leave your volunteering role. 

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