Volunteering

Volunteering is very rewarding. There are many wards and departments that benefit from volunteer support here at UHSM. Our team of dedicated volunteers make a real difference to our patients and visitors and provide a unique contribution to improving the patient experience.

Volunteers help out in a number of ways including:

  • Care Companion
  • Dining Companion
  • Chaplaincy
  • Volunteer liaison for Acute Intensive Care Unit
  • League of Friends and Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) Tea Bar assistants
  • Information desks
View our latest vacancies

Volunteer testimonials

I was grateful to the volunteers who took me to the Chapel when I was a patient in the Hospital 20 years ago. I decided to show my gratitude in a practical way, and have been a volunteer helper ever since. It is particularly rewarding to take Holy Communion to the patients and to share our experiences.

Hospital Volunteer Chaplain, 2015

I enjoy working in the tea bar as it gives me a chance of meeting and helping people. A happy friendly face, and a cup of tea and toast, can be very comforting to anxious patients, relatives and carers.

League of Friends Volunteer, 2015

My volunteering journey at UHSM began when I was 16 years old; during the subsequent years I have learnt an incredible amount about others and myself. In my current role as a Care Companion, I commit an evening a week to visiting patients whom more often than not do not have regular visitors or who are living with Dementia. It’s a fascinating role where no two weeks are the same; I’ve had the privilege of speaking to war veterans, ex-professional dancers and even a lady from Australia. It was through volunteering that my interest in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease began to grow. The experience I have gained simply through volunteering has shaped my future career aspirations.

UHSM Volunteer Care Companion 2015

How to volunteer

Any person aged 16 or over can apply to become a volunteer. All volunteers who are under 18 must have a signed parental/carer consent form. All volunteers undergo:

  • An interview with the voluntary services manager or speciality lead
  • Identity and right to work check
  • A volunteer health assessment
  • Referencing
  • A disclosure and barring check (where applicable)

Volunteers complement the work of paid staff, to enhance our patient and visitor experience.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering please print off the application form and return to the address below:

Volunteer Office
Baguley House
University Hospital South Manchester
Southmoor Road
Wythenshawe,
M23 9LT

Tel: 0161 291 5962