A volunteer is someone who gives their time, skills or knowledge, freely and by choice, for no pay, to help others.

Volunteers help in many different ways in our hospitals and services. There are a number of roles they can take including befriending on the wards, supporting staff, as well as volunteering in roles such as gardening and as shop assistants.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Following COVID 19 and the need to stand all our volunteers down we are beginning to restore and reinstate our volunteers, this means we can now consider new volunteer applications however please be aware we may take longer to respond and find an opportunity as we  are dealing with a back log of applications to volunteer with us.

Please complete the online application form if you are interested in volunteering for us.

Volunteer Recruitment Process

Voluntary Services application form
  1. Fill out a Volunteer application form
  2. Meet us for an informal chat
  3. Fill out a health questionnaire
  4. Fill out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where appropriate
  5. Give us the contact details of people we can contact for a reference
  6. Do any training needed for the volunteer role - we will let you know if you need to do this
  7. Sign a volunteer agreement that explains what the Trust expects of you and what you can expect from us.

If possible, we ask volunteers to commit to at least six months of volunteering with us.

Frequently asked Questions

How long does the recruitment process take?

It takes about four weeks on average, but this will depend on a number of things including how quickly we are able to get the results of your checks and questionnaires back. 

Do I have to wear a uniform?

In some areas where volunteers are ward-based we will give you a uniform to wear. This is to protect your clothes, to help with infection control, and to make it easy for us to tell that you are a volunteer.

How old to I have to be?

You have to be at least 16 to be a volunteer. In some areas of the Trust you will need to be at least 18.

I am a student that requires a placement as part of my course or study, can you help?

Work experience or placements are offered by our Learning and Development team - click here for more information. 

What training will I have to undertake?

There are eight modules of training that need to be done, these include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Fire safety
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Information governance
  • Manual handling
  • Safeguarding

How many hours do I have to give?

We ask volunteers to commit to three hours a week for six months.

I’m claiming job-seeker’s allowance, can I still volunteer?

When claiming job-seeker’s allowance you must be able to prove that you are available for paid work at all times. We advise you to check with your job-seeker advisor, before taking a volunteer role.

Do I have to come for an interview and what will it involve?

Everyone who wants to be a volunteer will be asked to come in for an informal chat. This lets us get to know you  better and find out what sort of thing you are looking for. It also means you can ask any questions you might have. We will talk about the volunteer roles that we have available and find the best match for you.

I have a paid job, can I still volunteer?

If you have a paid job, we will try to find a volunteer role that fits around your working hours.

Can I volunteer at the evening or weekends?

Some volunteer roles are available in the evening or at weekends, depending on the needs of the ward or service. Other roles such as administration may only be needed Monday to Friday during office hours.

Roles and Opportunities

Volunteer Hospitality Assistant

Location:                                Café Vie, various sites, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry,

Hours required:                     Monday – Friday 10.30 – 2pm

Aim of volunteering role:     To support the Café Vie staff by generally helping with cleaning and sanitising duties between customers and helping to clear tables

Volunteer tasks:                    cleaning and sanitising duties between customer

                                                Help to clear tables

Skills required:                      1. Ability to follow set procedures

2. A reliable and flexible nature.

3. Polite and friendly

DBS Required:                      No

Training and Induction:       

                                                Mandatory training handbook and assessment

                                                Food Hygiene Handbook                                           

                                                Food allergy & intolerance awareness handbook       

                                                Local induction by staff team


Volunteer Gardener

Location:                       Various sites, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Corby

Department:                  Therapy Services

Hours Preferred:          Very flexible to suit individuals                                                                     .

Aim of volunteering role: Such gardening volunteering would not entail co-facilitation of

                                           Patient groups, but rather people who could give their time

                                           to help support with weeding and general maintenance  

Volunteer tasks            To help support with weeding and general maintenance

Skills required:          

  • Interest and skills in gardening
  • Good communication skills and sense of humour.
  • A reliable and flexible nature.
  • Ability to work with small groups of people

DBS Required: TBC

Training and Induction: You will be given full training and induction in line with the volunteer role you are undertaking


Volunteer Bike Enthusiast

Location:                                Berrywood Hospital - Duston

Hours required:                     Flexible

Aim of volunteering role:     To support the occupational therapy team with a new group around bike maintenance and actual bike riding

Volunteer tasks:                    To be agreed with staff  

Skills required:                     

  • Ability to follow set procedures
  • A reliable and flexible nature.
  • Interest and skills in bikes
  • Interest in and ability to work alongside people experiencing mental ill health.
  • Good communication skills and sense of humour.

DBS Required:                      Yes

Training and Induction:       

                                                You will be given full training and induction in line with the volunteer role you are undertaking










Subscribe to NHFT Editions for our latest updates

* indicates required