Examples of opportunities

We have more than 100 different volunteer opportunities across a range of exciting roles, from working directly with patients and families to assisting with reception and administration.

Please note: All weekday volunteers complete a probationary period (of three to six months) in the role of GOSH Guide - helping patients, families and visitors find their way around the hospital. The selection of roles below is just an example of the range of roles in the hospital and may not be currently available. We ask you to be flexible in the types of roles you might be interested in.

We do not recruit volunteers directly into a specific role and it is only through your probationary period do we match you to the role that suits you best and that is available.

Activity Centre Assistant

Under the guidance of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) school staff, the volunteer will provide basic and diversionary play activities for patients and their siblings in the Activity Centre - ensuring that the highest standards of play care are available for the children. 

Hours: 
Four hours per week from Monday to Friday, between 10am to 4pm

Administration Support

We have a range of opportunities in administration, data entry and supporting staff with office based tasks
Hours: 
Minimum of four hours per week, hours to be negotiated with the Office Manager

Administration Support - Dietetics

The main purpose of this role is to provide admin support to the dieticians, dietetic assistants, and office administrator to ensure the smooth running of Dietetics. 
Hours: 
Minimum of four hours per week, hours to be negotiated

Baby Buddy

Status: please note that this position is currently full. 

The purpose of this role is to provide specific one to one support for patients - cradling babies and young children, giving much needed nurture and support. 
Hours: 
Minimum of one four hour session per week.
Status: 
Position Filled

Buddy

Buddy volunteers will act as 'befrienders', providing valuable social interaction for young people and children who may be feeling isolated bored and lonely on the wards.
Hours: 
One four hour session per week at a time to suit you.

Chaplain Assistant

The work of the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department is multi-faceted. This work includes visiting patients and families of all faiths and philosophies; supporting staff; maintaining ritual needs and spiritual care spaces; training both externally and within the Trust

Hours: 
Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm

Costume and Superhero Characters

As part of the wider entertainment team, this role is to provide quality costume character entertainment for patients and families in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The performer must have experience or dancing or acting to be able to perform within one of our costume characters or superhero characters. The character will be accompanied by a trained chaperone whose role is to escort characters and be the liaison between participant and character.

Craft Station Support

Under the guidance of the Play staff team and dedicated outpatient staff, the Craft Station volunteers provide a creative and interactive environment with arts and craft activities for patients and their siblings in the outpatient areas. 
Hours: 
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Crocodile Club Team

To be part of the team running arts and crafts, games and story-telling.
Hours: 
Approximately five hours per week, between 10.30am-3pm on Mondays or Thursdays

GOSH Guide

This role includes greeting and welcoming people on arrival and directing and escorting patients, parents and visitors to wards, clinics and departments.
Hours: 
Monday to Friday daytime

Hairdressing and beauty therapy

Qualified, experienced hairdressers required to give much needed respite and pampering for parents and sometimes for patients.

Hours: 
Monday to Friday Day time

Massage Therapist

This role is for qualified massage therapists who will provide relaxation massage for resident parents on the wards.

Hours: 
Monday to Fridays, afternoon and early evenings

Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) Assistants

The main purpose of this role is to provide useful information about GOSH and the surrounding areas to patients and their families, by visiting the outpatient clinics and waiting areas.  Under the guidance of the Pals team the volunteer will undertake a variety of tasks including surveys and answering requests for information.

Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Patient and Parent Support

This role is working directly with patients at the bedside, supporting emotionally or practically, reading, keeping company and chatting to parents and families.

Hours: 
Minimum of one four hour session per week, between the hours of 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday

Patient Experience Support

This volunteer role is to support the hospital in obtaining feedback from patients and their families more frequently regarding the experience that they have while attending GOSH, using handheld electronic devices to obtain information.

Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Play Support

Under the guidance of the Play Specialist, the Play Support volunteer provides basic and diversionary play activities for patients and their siblings on the ward, ensuring the highest standards of play care are available for the children. 
Hours: 
Minimum of one four hour session per week, between the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday

Radio Lollipop Volunteer

The main responsibility of a Radio Lollipop volunteer is to provide care, comfort, play and entertainment for sick children in the hospital to consistently high standards. For more information and to contact Radio Lollipop about applying, please visit their website: radiolollipop.org
Hours: 
Sunday: 4 to 6pm; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5.30 to 7.30pm

Same Day Admissions Unit Support

The purpose of this role is to provide generic, one-to-one support for patients and parents in a non-clinical but supportive manner on the admissions ward where patients come for day surgery. 
Hours: 
Minimum of four hours per week.

Therapy Dog Volunteer

For registered Pets As Therapy (PAT) Charity dogs and owners, this is a wonderful service that brings in trained dogs for patients and families to interact with.

Hours: 
Any day of the week - hours depending on your dogs energy!

Volunteer Services Team Administrator

This is a support role to the volunteering team. You will help the team recruit, train, allocate and support hundreds of volunteers across the Trust.

Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Ward Host

Ward hosts welcome families to the wards and act as a front-line information source.

Hours: 
Monday to Friday. Minimum of four hours per week, 10am to 5pm

Weekend Club Activity Team

In this role, volunteers help run the activities, arts and crafts, games, play and entertainment in the Activity Centre and on wards

Hours: 
Minimum of one six hour session per fortnight on either a Saturday or Sunday.