If you have some free time, you may want to consider volunteering for Belfast Trust. Volunteers are highly valued and work closely with our staff to support and improve existing services. By giving over some of your spare time, you can make a big difference to people’s lives.

Who can volunteer

You don’t need any previous experience to become a volunteer. You must be at least 17 years old, but there is no upper age limit. We currently have volunteers from student age through to retirement age. They have a wide range of skills and interests.

We want people with qualities such as:

  • reliability
  • honesty
  • good interpersonal skills
  • ability to work as part of a team

We also need volunteers who can use sign language or speak another language.

Download the volunteering application form.

How to volunteer

You should first complete the volunteering application form. We aim to respond to volunteering applications within three days of receipt.

It takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete the recruitment process. This process may include:

  • police checks
  • child and adult safeguarding checks
  • references

You will also have a one-to-one discussion with a volunteering coordinator. They will explain the various roles, responsibilities and current vacancies.

If you are successful, we require a minimum commitment of nine months as a volunteer. There is no upper limit on how long you can volunteer. We will be as flexible as possible to fit your volunteering in with your lifestyle.

If there are no available placements when you apply, you may be placed on a waiting list.


You can claim back any lunch and travel expenses you incur while carrying out your voluntary work.

What our volunteers do

There are volunteering opportunities across Belfast Trust. Some volunteers are based in hospitals, day centres and supported housing. Others are based in the community. Volunteer roles include:

  • Befriender
  • Arts volunteer
  • Meet and greet volunteer
  • Chaplaincy wheeler (taking people to church)
  • Reader
  • Ward helper
  • Storyteller and musician
  • Red Cross volunteer
  • Day care volunteer
  • Elderly care hospital guide
  • Peer support volunteer
  • Horticulture volunteer
  • Reception helper

Belfast Trust is especially looking for volunteers for the following areas:

  • Chaplaincy volunteer wheelers in Belfast City Hospital
  • Chaplaincy volunteer wheelers in the Mater Hospital
  • Meet and greet volunteers in the Royal Victoria Hospital Emergency Department
  • Meet and greet volunteers in the Mater atrium
  • Meet and greet volunteer in Old Sea House
  • Befrienders in wards in the Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Befrienders in community facilities, for example Bruce House and the Everton Complex
  • Befriender in the Edgecumbe Assessment and Treatment Unit
  • Befriender in Woodlands Day Centre
  • Befrienders in Day Care Centres including Orchardville Training and Resource Centre
Contact details

Please return your completed application form to:

Volunteer Services Department
Musgrave Park Hospital
1st Floor, McKinney House
Stockmans Lane

Tel: 028 9504 4195
Email: VolunteerRecruit@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Useful links

The King’s Fund report on volunteers in the NHS (2018)