How to apply

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

Complete the volunteer application.

Please Note: Volunteer Services does not manage work experience or student placements. View education opportunities at GOSH.

Volunteers at 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 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 four 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
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Volunteers at GOSH
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.