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Volunteering

Our team of volunteers work through our volunteering scheme to help to make the hospital a welcoming place for patients and visitors. They spend time in an unpaid capacity improving the hospital environment, helping individual patients (other than close relatives) or local community groups. They support the hospital's activities and help to complement  the work of our paid staff. We highly value the time and commitment our volunteers give.

Why become a volunteer? 

  • volunteers help improve the quality of patients' experience of the hospital 
  • it's a valuable way to get involved with and help the local community we serve  
  • you will meet other interesting people of all ages and backgrounds and make new friends 
  • you will be part of a team and learn new skills 
  • it can help improve your job-seeking opportunities, while you do something worthwhile and useful 
  • it can contribute to your personal development 
  • you know that you are making an important contribution to your local community

We need volunteers for:

  • our befriender service - to visit and talk to patients on the wards, including activities such as reading or providing moral support
  • listening to and collecting patient feedback on wards, A&E and outpatient departments, so we can improve 
  • mealtime assistance on wards - particularly helping elderly and disabled patients
  • assisting patients and visitors to find their way to different departments
  • our "mothers for mothers" support scheme, supporting new mums with breastfeeding
  • our Macmillan Cancer information and support service for patients and their carers
  • fundraising - currently led by volunteers through our League of Friends - see below.

If you are friendly, helpful, flexible and good with people, and would like to offer your time and skills as a volunteer we would be delighted to hear from you. 

We are currently looking for people who: 

  • are 17 years of age or over (there is no upper age limit). For children's areas, you will need to be 18. 
  • can commit to at least four hours per week for a minimum period of six months
  • live within reasonable travelling distance of the hospital and are residents of the boroughs of Enfield or Haringey
  • are legally allowed to work in the UK.

The process
Successful applications are subject to two references, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances.

Contact us
For current volunteer opportunities at the hospital, please email Sue Mahadooa at northmid.volunteer@nhs.net. Or please ring us on 020 8887 3549, a voicemail facility, and leave a message so we can call you back.

Please note that volunteer placements are not suitable for people seeking work experience, work placements or clinical and nursing experience. If you are interested in a work experience placement with the hospital, please email our work experience team at: northmid.workexperience@nhs.uk

League of Friends
We also have a hospital League of Friends - volunteers who help the hospital raise funds through the Friends Cafe and Friends Shop. All profits go to League of Friends charities which support patients and staff. 

The Friends Cafe is located in the main building, on level 1 next to the fracture clinic (clinic 6) and it provides teas, coffees, sandwiches, cakes and other snacks for patients and staff. Volunteers help prepare and sell the food, and usually help for a minimum of two hours at a time on a regular day of the week. Volunteers receive food hygiene training.   

The Friends Shop is on level 0, near the hospital restaurant, close to the main entrance. It is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It sells bric a brac, books, knitted baby clothes and more.  

We are always looking for more volunteers to help the League of Friends' valuable fund-raising work. If you would like to help, please contact their secretary, Jean Chappell, by email at jean.chappell1@nhs.net or call her on 020 8887 3823 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Page last updated September 2016