The Volunteer Service provides an opportunity to our local citizens (by which we mean patients, carers, staff and members of the general public) to volunteer in many capacities within the organization by contributing their time, energies or talents that help to fulfil the organisations' vision of delivering an excellent patient experience.

Our Volunteers play an important role within the hospital; they complement the work of staff and they enable us to enrich, improve and extend the range of services offered to patients and visitors.

Our volunteers are based at 4 hospital sites North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary plus we have volunteers based in the community services supporting our patients and staff.

Volunteering at the Trust is extremely popular with more than 450 volunteers already volunteer and support our organisation in many different roles.

Our volunteers are based in a variety of settings across the Trust such as:

Way finders – guiding patients and visitors around the hospital

Meet & Greet

Meal Support – assisting patients with food and drink

End of Life support

Macmillan Cancer support

Hand massage


Chaplaincy & spiritual support

Tea bars and café

Refreshment trolleys around the wards


Patient representatives

Mini bus drivers and escorts

Patient surveyors

Hospital radio

Our volunteers are aged between 16-89 years old, from different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.

What are the benefits to volunteering at our Trust?

You can make a real difference to someone’s experience of hospital

You can contribute to your local community and hospital

You can build your confidence and interpersonal skills

You can meet new people and make new friends

You can utilising your existing work skills

You can improve your CV

You can gain an insight into the NHS

Who can volunteer at our Trust? 

Are you over 16years old? and have left school ?

Can you attend regularly at the Trust at least for a minimum of 2 hours a week and offer a long term commitment of at least one year?

Do you enjoy helping others and want to give something back to your local community? 

Do you have good communication Skills?

If you have answered yes to all of the above questions then you are eligible to apply to become a volunteer.

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