How to apply

We have volunteers working in many different areas of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

To ensure we match your needs, skills and experiences with the right role, we must carry out a thorough process to find out who you are, what you can offer and what you want to get out of your volunteering journey.

The recruitment process can take up to three months before you actually start in your new role, although this is only an average time scale. The process may take shorter or longer depending on factors outside of our control, such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, obtaining references, Health clearance, training dates and role availability.

You can contact us at any time to find out what stage your application is at.

The steps to becoming a volunteer

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1. You must first be able to comply with the criteria below:

  • be over 18 years old
  • be reliable, trustworthy, motivated, friendly and flexible
  • be able to attend a one day training and assessment session (9am to 5pm week day only)
  • be able to attend a two hour induction session (week day only)
  • able to commit to a minimum of four hours per week
  • to commit to at least 12 months with GOSH
  • emotionally mature, the ability to deal with difficult situations and be sensitive to others

2. You'll need to fully complete the application form Volunteer Application Form (562.66 KB) and send it to us:

Email your application to:

Or post to:

Volunteer Services

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street

London. WC1N 3JH

Volunteers at GOSH

3. When we receive your application form, we make every effort to match your experience, skills, interests and availability to our criteria for becoming a volunteer at GOSH. We do this using a scoring system, so it is important to give us as much information about yourself and what you can bring to your volunteering as possible (not just what you want to get out of it).

It is also helpful that you give us an idea of your flexibility for times you can volunteer and the type of role you are prepared to undertake. N.B Roles involving direct contact with patients and families are very popular and not always available. We prioritise these roles for current serving volunteers.

4. If you are selected for a role, we will contact you to invite you to attend the first stage of training: the Training and Assessment day, which is a full day training (week day only). You will be asked to bring with you the approved forms of ID to complete your DBS check.

Please check what you need to bring with you prior to coming in.

5. Following the Training and Assessment day, if you are successful, you will proceed to the next steps, which include:

  • DBS clearance
  • Health clearance and declaration
  • Reference checks
  • Complete mandatory on-line learning modules (Safeguarding Children, Health & Safety, Counter Fraud, Safeguarding Adults, Information Governance, Equality & Diversity)
  • Orientation and Induction

NB: Most training and induction days will take place on week days

6. At your last induction session you will receive your Volunteer Guidelines, uniform and security passes. We will discuss and agree a day you can volunteer and the date you can start. If you are a weekday volunteer you will undertake a period of GOSH Guiding to help you orientate the hospital and to help us identify the area you would be most suitable in. If you are a weekend volunteer, you will start straight away within your role.

Volunteers at GOSH

What if we are unable to find a suitable volunteering role for you at GOSH?

Volunteering at Great Ormond Street Hospital is highly competitive and it is not always possible to place everyone in the roles they would like. Sometimes people applying to be volunteers don’t have the right skills, experience or time commitment we are looking for.

We work hard to accommodate as many people as possible, which is why we ask you all kinds of questions, not only the areas you would like to volunteer in but what other skills you have that might help us place you.

Please be aware that at any time during the recruitment process – application, registration, interview and training – deselection might happen.

If we are unable to place you, we may be able to assist you in finding alternative volunteering roles, either in another hospital setting or through your local Volunteer Centre.

You can contact us at any time to find out what stage your application is at.