Being a volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of The Christie.

Volunteers make a very valuable contribution to the enhancement of patient experience and care and are regarded as part of the hospital team. They have access to a range of meaningful volunteering opportunities within the hospital and do not undertake duties which might displace paid employees, but rather free up the time of paid staff and enhance patients’ experience of The Christie.

All volunteers go through a robust recruitment, selection and screening process and the Trust ensures they are well placed, inducted, trained and supported throughout their volunteering to achieve the best possible practice and service.

Volunteer requirements

Volunteering is a rewarding experience, helping to improve the lives of our patients and giving something back to the community. We are looking for committed, caring and enthusiastic volunteers who have a passion for helping people.

The minimum age for all volunteers is 16 – there is no upwards age limit, but it would be recommended that you feel fit and well to take part.

We ask for a commitment of at least 6 months, completing at least one volunteering session per week.

For this reason it’s important to think through carefully if you can fulfil this pledge, particularly if you are applying to gain some experience and would like the Trust to confirm that you have carried this out as per our Volunteer Agreement Document which is signed by the volunteer at the time of recruitment.

Please note that volunteering is not work experience. Our volunteers do not carry out or shadow any clinical work or gain any hands-on care experience. If you are interested in a short term work experience placement please contact

Volunteer applications

The way we recruit volunteers is changing. We currently have over 170 existing volunteers and so vacancies are not always available.

When we do have vacancies they will be advertised on this page and you will be able to apply for any roles you may be interested in.

Currently no volunteer vacancies are available – please keep checking back.

When there is a vacancy, completing an application form will begin a process of formally applying for the available role and being invited to interview. 

At interview, we take a copy of three pieces of ID to complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Services) application and discuss in further detail the role you have applied for. Two references will be taken up as early as possible to try to avoid delays in the process. We advise that candidates inform referees early in an attempt to minimise delays in the process. If successful, you will be invited to attend an occupational health screening appointment, and may need to have your immunisations updated. Lastly you will pick a training date that suits your availability – we have sessions in May, June and September 2017. Training lasts three hours with refreshments provided. The session covers fire safety, information governance and safeguarding.

Please note that the volunteer recruitment process can take a number of months to complete, which is why we ask for a minimum of six months commitment to The Christie.

We receive high numbers of applications for volunteer places and unfortunately, we are not always able to offer a role to everyone that applies. We thank you for your interest and advise you to check this page regularly for any additional roles. 

Please do ensure you have taken time to carefully read the above information about the volunteering procedure. If you still feel you need advice, the voluntary services team can be contacted at

When vacancies become available we will advertise them on this page.