Applying to volunteer

We’ve tried to make volunteering with us as easy as we can. You can have a look at our available volunteer opportunities and apply by returning an application form to us by email or in person at one of our Involvement Centres.

We have a list of frequently asked questions regarding the application process below. If you need any support in completing the form or finding a role that suit you, just get in touch with a member of the team and we’ll be happy to help.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply to volunteer?

1. A volunteer must first be able to comply with the criteria below:

  • be over 16 years old (Forensic Division is over 21)
  • be reliable, trustworthy, motivated, friendly and flexible
  • able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week
  • to commit to at least 6 months with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • emotionally mature, the ability to deal with difficult situations and be sensitive to others
  • you cannot volunteer formally whilst you are an inpatient, however you might be able to be involved in other ways, please give us a call on 0800 052 1415 to discuss this further.

2. See what roles are available

View the latest volunteering opportunities.

3. When the roles are available, they’ll need to complete an application form.

4. When they have completed their registration form, either email, post it or drop it off in person at the Involvement Centres.

5. When we receive a registration form, we make every effort to match the experience, skills, interests and availability to our vacant volunteering roles. 

6. If they are selected for a role, we will contact them via email or telephone to invite them to attend an interview. They will be asked to bring with them the approved forms of ID (PDF) to complete their Disclosure & Barring Service Check.

7. If they are successful at the interview we will contact them to discuss next steps, including further training, induction and other key information about the role. DBS checks and references can take up to six weeks to be cleared, so their role may not commence until after this.

8. Once everything has been completed we will contact them to agree on a start date.

An applicant can contact us at any time to find out what stage their registration is at.


What are the Involvement Centres?

The Involvement Centres are where most of our team are based and work from. We hold a variety of meetings and projects within them. They act as a base for volunteers and are where we offer a lot of our support from.

You can find out where they are and how to get to them here.


What do volunteers do?

We have a wide range of volunteer roles across Nottinghamshire Healthcare. Each volunteer placement has a volunteer role that describes what the roles and expectations are of volunteers. We have a wide range of roles across the Trust with new opportunities being created regularly. Some examples of our roles are here and our current opportunities are available here. You can also get a sense of what volunteers do via our blogs.


I need a work experience placement as part of my course.

We are unable to help with any clinical/shadowing work, work experience or placements that are a requirement of an educational course. The Health Education England website may have suitable opportunities.


Who can I put as references on my application?

We usually ask for references from people who’ve known you for three years, preferably professionals and not friends or family members. If you’re not able to give the names of two people who meet this criteria, contact us as we may accept alternatives or have a “get to know you” period through the Involvement Centres.


What documents do I need for my DBS check?

On your online DBS application, you can select which documents you can provide for your DBS check. For more information on what documents are needed, check the Disclosure & Barring Service site. You’ll then need to bring in your documents in so staff can verify them on the system.


I have a criminal record, can I still volunteer?

If you have a criminal record, we’d ask that you disclose this to us before we conduct a DBS check. For applicants with a forensic history, we would take these to a Mitigation Panel with representatives from HR, Safeguarding and the Volunteering Team. Any incidents are put into context and we review the risks associated with the volunteering placement you’re applying for.


What if we are unable to find a suitable volunteering role for you at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?

We work hard to accommodate as many people as possible, which is why we ask all kinds of questions, not only the areas you would like to volunteer in but what other skills you have that might help us place you.

Volunteering at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is highly competitive and it is not always possible to place everyone in the roles they would like. Sometimes people applying to be volunteers don’t have the right skills, experience or time commitment we are looking for. 

Please be aware that at any time during the recruitment process – registration, interview, references and DBS checking and training – de-selection might happen.  (we would keep both you informed of the reasons why).

If we are unable to place you, we will endeavour to assist them in finding alternative volunteering roles, either in another setting or through the local Volunteer Centre.


**Click here for the lastest updates from our team on volunteering, information for staff, patient experience and involvement.**

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