Youth volunteering in hospitals

Find learning and resources from 32 NHS Trusts and their respective charities, who have been welcoming young volunteers since 2018.

We are a learning partner to Pears Foundation, the #iwill campaign, volunteer coordinators in funded NHS trusts, and partners as they introduce or expand youth volunteer programmes in hospitals.

This page is for those setting up or running youth volunteering programmes in hospitals. It compiles resources and learning from the Pears #iwill Fund, which supports the growth of inclusive, high-quality youth social action opportunities through NHS Trusts and their respective charities.

Download report: The power of youth volunteering. Three volunteers in hospital.

Learning and impact

An infographic of youth volunteering in NHS.

Marisa Baton and Annie Caffyn profile pictures.
Youth Volunteering in the NHS: Health is based in our communities and young people are part of communities
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How to embed youth volunteering – meaningfully

Tips from hospital volunteer coordinators

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‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’

A peer learning approach to supporting youth volunteering in health

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Volunteer voices

Alicia – Lothian

Alicia’s story from volunteer role to Clinical Support Worker.

Rosie – Dorset

‘This is our story, our experiences’. Interviews filmed by Rosie.

Beth – Birmingham

‘I got to express a service user’s voice and aid decisions’

Aditi – North West Anglia

‘We get to learn many things not taught in schools’.

Ishan – North West Anglia

‘I’ve had more of a dynamic role than one may think’.

Profile picture of young volunteer.

Ariana-Fatemah – North West Anglia

‘Volunteering at the hospital will prepare you for your future’.

Profile picture of young volunteer.

Working with young volunteers during Covid-19

In person

How are the network engaging volunteers in person?

Remote opportunities

How can you offer remote volunteering opportunities?

Maintain engagement

How do you maintain engagement with young volunteers?

Manage risk

Ideas on how the trusts are managing risk

Get support

The network peers raise four things that would support their work.

Resources

Marisa Baton and Annie Caffyn profile pictures.
Youth Volunteering in the NHS: Health is based in our communities and young people are part of communities
Read more Blog
How to embed youth volunteering – meaningfully

Tips from hospital volunteer coordinators

Read more Blog
‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’

A peer learning approach to supporting youth volunteering in health

Read more Blog

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How to embed youth volunteering – meaningfully

Tips from hospital volunteer coordinators

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‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’

A peer learning approach to supporting youth volunteering in health

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With thanks to West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and our whole community of NHS Trusts and their charities, for the photos used on this page.

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