A group of King's volunteers

Volunteers provide practical help to patients and visitors, complementing the work of paid staff across the Trust.

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 and Beckenham Beacon.

Our volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work or do work experience.

So what do King’s Volunteers do?

Some volunteer roles available are:

Community 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. Hospital to home volunteering explains more about the scheme.

Ward Visitors:
help make patients’ hospital stay more comfortable by chatting, listening, reading, running an errand 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.

Applications for 2016

Our next round of recruitment will start in late March 2016.