Range 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.

Baby Buddy

Status: please note that this position is currently full. (Update made on 20 October 2017.)
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. 
Minimum of one four hour session per week.
Position Filled


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.
One four hour session per week at a time to suit you.
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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.

GOSH Guide

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

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

Miffy Play Volunteer

This is an exciting opportunity for a volunteer to gain valuable experience in a hospital environment with a chance to work with some of our families and clinical teams across the gym and Miffy Ward.
Minimum of four hours per week, hours to be negotiated
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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. 
Minimum of one four hour session per week, between the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday
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