Become a volunteer

Volunteers week 2019

Volunteering has never been more popular. People from all age groups and backgrounds are making a real difference, giving up  their time and energy to helping others.

Our Chief Nurse Angela Helleur says: “Volunteers are an essential part of our Trust. They play a really important role, enhancing both patient and visitor experience and supporting staff with their day-to-day work. On behalf of everyone I would like to thank them all for the tireless work they do, week in, week out.”

Before you apply to become a volunteer, please read these frequently asked questions which you may find useful.

Why volunteer?

There are lots of reasons why people choose to volunteer at Lewisham and Greenwich, for example:

  • You enjoy helping others and want to play a role in improving the patient and visitor experience
  • You want to give something back to Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust after you or a family member have been treated here
  • You want to contribute to your local community
  • You want to use the role to demonstrate your existing skills and further your personal development
  • You want to put to good use the skills and experience you’ve gained over your lifetime
  • You are thinking about career choices, and are thinking of joining the health and social care sector.

How much time do I need to give?

We’re looking for confident and enthusiastic people who are aged 16 and above. You need to be able to display 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.

The only thing we do ask is that you make a regular commitment – normally we encourage new volunteers to start by giving two to three hours per week of their time for a minuimum period of six months. Please note that voluntary services does not cover short term work experience – for this please see the work experience page.

How do I become a volunteer at the Trust?

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer we need you to set up an account on the My Impact website/app first.

It won’t take long and it really helps us in lots of ways:

  • It gives us great way to communicate with our volunteers
  • It helps us build a picture of your interests and things you want to support us with
  • It’s a great way for you to keep a record of the hours you spend volunteering
  • By downloading the ‘My Impact’ app to your smartphone or tablet it also means all of your information is in one, easy to access place.

If you need support or have any questions about setting up the account we’re happy to help. We're also signing up our existing volunteers to this new system.

Volunteering application form

How can I become a chaplaincy volunteer?

Chaplaincy volunteers have a very special role at the hospital, building up relationships with patients and staff. Volunteers are welcome from all faiths and training is provided. You will be allocated a ward that you will visit weekly. The chaplains at the hospital will provide support and guidance.

Before becoming a chaplaincy volunteer, you will need to register with the voluntary services department - see the information above about registering a 'My Impact' profile above.