What does #bethehelpforce mean?

It means that you are doing something amazing. By choosing to volunteer you can provide vital, practical support to busy NHS staff and patients. You can be the helping hand when it’s needed most. That means more time for healthcare workers to focus on delivering the incredible work they’ve been trained to do.


By signing up to volunteer you are joining us on our mission to bring more volunteers to our NHS. Together, we can improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and our communities through the power of volunteering.

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Why volunteer?

Volunteers in healthcare are a powerful force. They save time for staff, help patients at a difficult time in their lives, and go home feeling good about themselves. Volunteering can be fun, rewarding, and often life enhancing. You will learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy the satisfaction of helping brilliant NHS staff.

The best day of the week is the day you volunteer.

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett, founder of Helpforce


What’s it like to volunteer?

Volunteering roles are varied, and you will be trained by your hospital to carry out different jobs. From helping patients navigate their way around hospital, collecting prescriptions, supporting someone through discharge, to working in different wards like maternity, emergency departments, and the children’s ward. New volunteer roles are developing all the time, and if you prefer other roles, such as admin, there are many other hospital staff that would welcome your help.

Birju was inspired to give back to his local hospital

Volunteering at her local hospital inspired Kate to to train to be a nurse

Volunteering in his local hospital brings Ron great joy