Thanks to funding from the Volunteering Futures Fund created by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and NHS Charities Together we are helping more young people access volunteering opportunities in our hospitals. We particularly want to encourage young people experiencing loneliness, those with disabilities and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to volunteer.

We are helping young people who wouldn’t normally consider volunteering, perhaps because of travel costs, overcome those barriers and sign up for volunteering opportunities.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Personal fulfilment
  • Work experience
  • Opportunities to learn new skills
  • Opportunities to meet a wide range of people
  • You'll have lots of fun!

Claire Lyon, Voluntary Services Manager at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “Volunteering is such a valuable experience. It gives people opportunities to learn new skills, to meet new people and to feel part of their community.

“We want to open up volunteering to young people who might have been put off before so they don’t miss out on these important opportunities that will help them in the future.

“Young people often think volunteering isn’t for them but we want to encourage them to join our team. They bring a fresh perspective and energy which we value and welcome.”

Harriet Smith, aged 18, from Letchworth volunteers with the Butterfly Volunteer Service at Lister Hospital. The service provides companionship to patients at the end of life and support for their loved ones.  

Harriet said: “Volunteering has helped improve my people skills and enabled me to help people who are in need. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about it, to sign up.

“You can volunteer with the Butterfly Volunteer Service like I do, with the Response volunteers who help with a range of tasks across the hospitals or as a What Matters To You volunteer to help patients keep in touch with their loved ones back home. There is something for everyone. Come on, join our team!”

To apply to be a volunteer, email [email protected], put ‘Young volunteer’ in the subject and they will get back to you.