Thinking about Hospital Volunteering?

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Important Statement for Prospective Volunteers

Hospital Volunteers. During the current Coronavirus/ Covid-19 pandemic we are not able to recruit new hospital volunteers. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for when hospital volunteering restarts please complete an application form (click here) and email it to

Coronavirus Community Support Volunteers. Both the NHS and City of York Council are coordinating community support for those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19. This support includes the transport of patients and medical supplies. If you would like to help please register with the organisers on one of the following 2 websites:

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People decide to become hospital volunteers for many reasons. Whatever your main reason, if you decide to volunteer for the Friends of York Hospitals, we will do our best to help you enjoy it and get satisfaction from the effort you put in.

We have a Volunteer Policy in place and aim to offer a good level of volunteer support while upholding all the current NHS requirements. They get the chance to meet and mingle at coffee mornings and one-off social and fundraising events. Click here to find out more about what our volunteers do.

What Kind of Time Commitment?

Hospital volunteers have unsupervised access to vulnerable patients. Because of this the recruitment process has to include a number of security and identity checks and takes several weeks - so please bear with us! Also, due to the fact that the recruitment process is more involved than with some other types of volunteering, we ask our volunteers to commit for at least six months, if possible. Once you start volunteering you will be coming in for 2 to 3 hours at the same time each week – or possibly each fortnight.

How to apply

Applications are not being processed at the moment as a result of the pandemic. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please complete and return our Application to Volunteer Form. Please click here.

You can return the Application Form as an email attachment to

Looking forward to hearing from you!