Message from the Chief Executive

At Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust I am very proud of the valuable contribution our volunteers make to our patients and staff on a daily basis.  They provide support in a wide variety of roles from being the friendly face to greet and welcome you to our hospitals, supporting cognitive stimulation groups for our patients living with dementia, tending to our gardens, helping with admin and ward duty tasks or simply keeping our patients company whilst at hospital.  Being in hospital can be an anxious time for patients, their family and friends and volunteers help ease the burden by making a difference to their experience.  

Not only do we as an organisation benefit from the time offered by a volunteer but an individual can also benefit from volunteering.  Did you know there are a number of significant health benefits to a volunteer including improved quality of life, improved ability to cope with ill health, a healthier lifestyle and meeting new people which can improve self-esteem and sense of purpose.  Volunteering can also be the gateway for young people who may be considering a career in a healthcare setting, offering the opportunity to understand the day to day running of a busy, acute hospital.

Our volunteers range in age between 17 and 89 and they generously give us in excess of 1,000 hours voluntary support every week.  The roles our volunteers is always expanding as we discover new ways people can help us and therefore we are keen to recruit more support.  Whatever your reason for volunteering you will receive a warm welcome from all of us here at Gloucestershire Hospitals.    


To find out more about Twiddlemitts and how to get involved.

Guidance video on how to make a Twiddlemitt

What do volunteers do?

Find out what our volunteers do, and the different roles that are available.


Apply to be a volunteer

Instructions on how you can apply to be a volunteer at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Contact the team

Have a question, or want to ask more. Our friendly volunteer team are waiting to help.