Volunteering in our Derby hospitals

Young male clinical volunteer with male patient

We offer volunteering opportunities at the following hospitals in Derby:

  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • London Road Community Hospital

To sign up for Derby, please click here

Who can volunteer?


Anyone aged over 16 who is in good health and has time to spare can volunteer at our hospitals. 

Many people choose to volunteer once they have retired, but it is also a great way for students and young people to gain invaluable work experience.

Types of volunteering roles available

Hospital volunteers

As a volunteer within our hospitals, you could get involved in a number of activities, including:

  • Mealtimes
  • Deliver newspapers and magazines to patients
  • Meet and greet visitors to the hospital
  • Help staff on wards
  • Drive the distinctive yellow hospital buggy

Register your details to receive updates on the latest roles

Community volunteers

When a patient leaves hospital it can be hard to transition back into being at home. Volunteers play a big part in helping patients settle back into everyday life by going into their homes.

End-of-life volunteers

As an end-of-life volunteer, you will sit with patients and bring them some comfort. This enables friends and family to take a break and feel reassured that their loved ones are not alone. It also offers patients who don't have friends and family some companionship.

Training and support will be provided.

Student mealtime programme

If you are a student aged 16-18, you may be able to take part in our student mealtime project. 

You will need to apply during July - August. Training will take place from September - December.

To apply you will need to:

What are the benefits?

Volunteers get a number of benefits, including:

  • Staff events including parties and trips
  • Free hot drinks
  • Uniform
  • Expense claims
  • A feel-good factor from doing something for your community