Volunteering Opportunities

If you have special skills or experience which you could offer Newcastle Hospitals to help to enhance the patient experience, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at :

Volunteering is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and is subject to meeting the requirements of the NHS Employment Check Standards. 

CHUF Shop Volunteer

The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman hospital is one of the world’s leading specialist centres for children and babies born with, or who develop, heart conditions. The unit is just one of two in the UK that has the facilities and skills to offer paediatric transplant and bridge to transplant operations.

CHUF raises vital funds for large and small pieces of equipment, facilities, aftercare, salaries and research. CHUF’s also provides holistic care to the children by providing services and facilities that allow heart children to develop their skills and mature as any healthy child normally would.

We are looking to appoint a number of volunteers to help in the CHUF shop which is located outside the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.  The role involves selling cold and hot drinks, snacks, confectionery and small gifts to patients, visitors and staff.

Available days and times:

Mondays :         16:30 till 19:30

Wednesday:      10:30 till 16:30

Thursdays :       12:00 till 16:30, 16:30 till 19:30

Saturday :         16:30 till 19:30

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Mealtime Support Volunteers - Freeman Hospital Only

Our Mealtime Support Volunteers make a valuable contribution to wards by helping to transform this traditionally hectic time into an enjoyable, relaxed and harmonious atmosphere which all patients can look forward to.

We are now looking to recruit volunteers for the Freeman Hospital to help relieve staff of some of their duties at meal times, so that they can concentrate on the care of patients. Duties will include: assisting patients to complete meal cards, serving meals, refilling water jugs, offering tea’s and coffee’s and,generally socialising with patients, providing gentle encouragement to patients,where it is needed. 

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 16 and over
  • Able to listen as well as being able to chat, and have a genuine interest in people
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be willing to approach patients and initiate conversations
  • Available to volunteer on a weekly basis, offering a minimum of 3 hours a week for at least six months 
  • Available to attend a full induction day (Mondays only, 8.15am until 5pm)
  • Able to attend an informal interview 

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