Become a volunteer

Volunteering at HHFT is about more than giving time. It’s about making a difference to people in our community and doing so because you care.

When you become a volunteer, you become a crucial part of Team HHFT. You work alongside our skilled staff members to provide invaluable support in your choice of so many areas within our hospitals, helping us provide outstanding care to our patients.

Our brilliant volunteer force is as diverse as the patients we care for, with those in our team as young as 17! Whatever your experience, skill or knowledge, there’s a role at HHFT for you.


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Why volunteer at HHFT?

Becoming a volunteer is an opportunity to make a difference, to give something back and enjoy new experiences within our workforce.

As a volunteer, you’ll:

  • Meet and learn with new, likeminded others
  • Make an important contribution to patient care
  • Use and develop skills and experience
  • Be supporting your local hospital through giving your time

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What does volunteering involve?

Our volunteers work in many areas throughout our trust across sites in Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover and Alton, from providing support on our wards to assisting in our charity’s fundraising events!

Your role could be providing a cheery welcome in outpatients, showing a visitor how to reach a ward, having a bedside conversation with a patient or assisting at mealtime. It could be supporting a patient to find information, helping out in our maternity wards or setting up a fundraising stand at a local event. At HHFT, there’s a role for everyone.

With many of our roles there is great flexibility in which hours you put in, be it daytime, evening or weekends. For roles within our hospitals, we ask that you are able to make a regular commitment of as little as two hours per week, with an intention to stay with us for six months or more. For roles within our charity team, there is no weekly commitment. Instead, you will be able to choose whether to opt-in or out when fundraising events, activities and opportunities arise!


What volunteering roles are available for me?

At HHFT, there is a total of 20 different roles that you can choose from when you volunteer. From providing support on one of our wards to working on reception, from tending to our gardens to visiting patients in our community.

Find which role is right for you by clicking the button below to discover the full list of volunteering roles and their descriptions.

Becoming a volunteer

When you become a volunteer at HHFT, you'll go through our simple 4-step process below. Please note, volunteers under 18 years of age must provide written permission of a parent/guardian.

  1. Express your interest - Express your interest in volunteering with us by filling in the short form below or here. This is where you can indicate your volunteering preferences and let us know what role/s you are interested in.
  2. Come in for a chat - Our friendly volunteer team will invite you in for an informal interview to find out more about you and help to work out where your volunteer journey begins.
  3. Eligibility & health checks - Different roles will require different levels of checks. All of our volunteers are reference and DBS checked (if required) for the safety of our patients, staff and other volunteers within the trust. We also complete a basic health check to ensure you are ready to go.
  4. Induction & additional training - The final step in becoming a HHFT volunteer is your induction, which will introduce you to your role and make sure you are ready for your role. Further to this, any additional training relevant to the role will be arranged for you before you begin. An induction and additional traning isn't required to become a charity volunteer.
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Our volunteer force is as diverse as the patients we care for. Our volunteers are aged from 17 upwards, with a variety of skills and experience.

Although we are very flexible, volunteers need to be able to commit to two to three hours a week for a minimum of six months. You will need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview.

Volunteers are required to provide references, complete basic health checks and undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Volunteers are also required to complete an induction programme and undertake any additional training as required for the role.

Volunteers under 18 years must have the written permission of a parent/guardian.

Catchment area:

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Volunteering is not the same as work experience and does not include shadowing, clinical observations or short-term placements. If you are interested in work experience please contact 

Contact details

To contact our volunteers team, please call the relevant number below or email to

  • Andover War Memorial Hospital 01962 825446
  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital 01256 486763
  • Royal Hampshire County Hospital 01962 825446
  • Palliative care volunteering 01264 835293


Interested in becoming a volunteer? Express your interest below!

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