Volunteers provide practical help to patients and visitors, complementing the work of paid staff across the Trust. They do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work or do work experience.
King’s Volunteers are not directly involved in patient care but help provide extra support. They come from all walks of life and represent the diversity of the communities that we serve. All are dedicated to making the hospitals that make up the Trust a little friendlier and more comfortable for everyone.
Our volunteers are based at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley, Orpington Hospital, Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, and Beckenham Beacon.
We offer a range of roles including:
- Hospital to Home (H2H) Volunteers:
- help patients to settle in at home as part of the Hospital to Home scheme. They work on our wards and in the local community, supporting patients to care for themselves after a stay in hospital.
- Ward Visitors:
- help make patients’ hospital stay more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading, running errands or escorting them on short walks, as well as getting involved with activities for elderly patients such as games and singing.
- Hospital Guides:
- work across the Trust giving patients and visitors directions and escorting them.
- Outpatient Volunteers:
- help make patients’ visits to outpatient departments as smooth and comfortable as possible by chatting, listening and helping register arrivals.
- Chaplaincy Volunteers:
- offer spiritual, religious, pastoral and practical support to patients of all beliefs. This is more of a listening and responding role rather than about religion or belief.
- Friends of King’s Volunteers:
- serve in the Friends of King’s Gift Shop at King’s College Hospital or take the charity’s Trolley Shop round the wards each day.
Who can volunteer?
We’re looking for confident and enthusiastic people who are aged at least 16. You need to be able to display some key personal qualities such as empathy and the ability to listen and observe. You also need to be reliable, a self-starter, and show initiative and attention to detail.
We ask you to give us at least three hours of your time a week for at least six months, so please consider whether you can realistically fit this commitment in with your other responsibilities.
For more information
For roles at King’s College Hospital: email [email protected], tel 020 3299 5510.
For roles at Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington Hospital. Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, and Beckenham Beacon email [email protected], tel 01689 863711.