Welcome to Voluntary Services and thank you for considering volunteering at one of our hospitals.

You do not need any special skills to become a volunteer.  Our volunteer team is made up of a diverse range of people who share qualities such as friendliness, reliability and a genuine wish and willingness to help.

The services offered by volunteers complement the health care provided by our staff and bring many benefits to patients, their families and visitors. 

Our volunteers undertake a wide variety of activities including:

  • Meeting and greeting our patients and visitors and directing and escorting people around the hospital
  • Helping on wards, assisting patients with the completion of menu cards, keeping information boards and leaflet racks tidy and up to date
  • Befriending patients - reading the paper or simply chatting
  • Supporting activity groups - which might involve encouraging patients to engage in a variety of enjoyable activities such as word games, puzzles and reminiscing
  • Assisting wards and departments with clerical tasks

Our voluntary services manager ensures that all our volunteers are well placed and receive the right training and support to guarantee the best possible service while supporting patients, carers, visitors and staff.

We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to telephone or email us first. We can then chat through available roles and answer any initial questions you may have.

''Our volunteers love coming into the hospital knowing that they are making a real difference to people's lives. We are proud of our volunteers and the enormous contribution they make.''

Julie Pointer - Voluntary Services Manager

The recruitment process begins by completing an application form and then attending an interview so that we can find out more about you. This process including planning of role placement can take anything up to ten weeks but the average is four.

We will ask you to complete a health questionnaire and a Disclosure and Baring Service form and we will also obtain two references from people who have known you over two years (not a member of your family). 

Each year we celebrate our Volunteers at a long service ceremony - read about it here

Recruitment 2017


To find out about volunteering opportunities at 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust please go to their volunteer vacancies webpage.

Available roles

In 2017 we will be focusing on providing support in three main areas;

  • Welcomers & Wayfinders
  • Mealtime support
  • Support to Oncology Outpatient department (Cheltenham site only)

Please click below if you would like to read more about these roles.

Please note that we can only accept volunteers over the age of 17.


Mealtime Support

Oncology Outpatient Support


Please note due to a high level of interest in volunteering at our hospitals, we are temporarily suspending recruitment until Monday 30th October.  We would still like to receive your applications and we will contact you early to mid-November with interview details where appropriate.  If you have any questions regarding volunteering with us please do not hesitate to get in via email or phone.



We would encourage you to speak to us before applying for a volunteer role.

If you would like to apply for a volunteer post, please click on the link below to bring up the application form. The application from can be returned to us either via email or by post. Please contact us if you are unable to download the document.




Please click here for FAQs

Contact us

Voluntary Services

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Great Western Road,



Tel: 0300 422 6648  

Or Email Voluntaryservices@glos.nhs.uk