Volunteer with us

We simply could not do all that we do without our inspiring, passionate and caring team of volunteers. Our dedicated volunteers offer practical and emotional support to our patients, providing a helping hand for our staff and a friendly face for our visitors. Our volunteers are able to support the hospital in a number of ways from welcoming and directing visitors, giving out refreshments on the wards or chatting to patients. 

What’s in it for you?

You’ll make new friends, meet and work with new people from all walks of life, learn new skills and gain new experience. Our volunteers tell us they feel more confident and happy by giving back and helping others.

Find out more about our volunteering opportunities

Current volunteering opportunities

Administration support

  • Pain Clinic
  • Friends of the RLH

Patient support

  • Age UK
  • Buggy (Whipps Cross)
  • Chaplaincy
  • Dementia Buddy
  • Meeters and greeters
  • Macmillan Cancer information
  • Namaste volunteers
  • Patient Champion – ICU (Barts or Newham only)
  • Patient Champion (Barts or Newham only)
  • Patient Research Champion
  • Pets As Therapy dogs
  • Barts Guild Trolley 
  • Royal London Trolley
  • Newham Hospital Trolley

Hospital radio

  • Whitechapel AM (RLH)
  • Barts Radio (SBH)
  • Woodside Radio (NUH)
  • Whipps Cross Radio (WXH)

Women and Children Support

  • Maternity outreach
  • My Body Back
  • Breast-feeding support
  • Play team
  • Maternity - Patient Champion


  • Barts Charity
  • Bliss - visit website to apply
  • London’s Air Ambulance Shop – visit website for more info
  • St Barts Guild Shop
  • Friends of the Royal London Hospital

Museum and archives 

  • Museum host
  • Archive collections volunteer


  • Youth Empowerment Squad (RLH)
  • Patient Voice
  • Renal peer mentors
  • Royal London Patient Panel
  • Whipps Cross Patient Panel