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If you’re a good listener, like helping people and have time to spare, why not think about volunteering in the health sector?
Volunteering in the health sector offers a range of opportunities to gain experience and develop your skills. For many people, it is simply a way to make an important difference to the lives of people in need.

In this guide you’ll find a selection of the volunteering opportunities available in hospital and community healthcare settings. You’ll also find details of what you need for each role, and the career opportunities some roles might lead to.
Volunteering offers you the chance to:
  • meet and work with new people
  • learn new skills
  • develop interests that you might already have
  • get involved in something you care about.
In the health sector, becoming a volunteer can be useful if you are:
  • thinking about a career change or break
  • working part-time
  • studying at school or college and looking for work experience.
If you intend to apply for paid work in the health sector, or study a healthcare subject, volunteering can help you decide if a career in this area is for you.
To be a volunteer in the health sector you need to be:
  • reliable with a caring, friendly approach
  • able to understand people’s needs quickly
  • aware of the need for confidentiality.
You will not normally need specific qualifications or experience to become a healthcare volunteer. However, the place where you volunteer will try to make sure that the skills you have are put to best use.

For most volunteering roles you will need to be age 16 or over. There is no upper age limit as long as you are in good health.
If you have any convictions that may come under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you will need to declare them. Volunteers in almost any healthcare setting need to complete a CRB check.

Having a criminal record may not prevent you from volunteering, but it will depend on the offence, how long ago it was, and the kind of volunteering role you are going to carry out.