We are currently receiving a high number of applications and have closed volunteer recruitment.

Please come back in a few weeks when we will be ready again to welcome you in the Trust.

In the meantime you can find opportunities on Team London or Do It websites.

CNWL needs you - become a volunteer today

We are looking for people from across the community to help continue providing care to our services, support our service users, their carers, friends and family and our staff, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our volunteer roles change regularly based on the needs of our services. For a full list of roles, you can contact the team on cnwl.volunteer@nhs.net  

Some of our ongoing roles are:

  • Digital Volunteers to support CNWL carers and service users  to get online and access technology.
  • Check in and Chat volunteers, providing a listening ear to service users and carers who may be feeling lonely or isolated

If you are interested in helping in Vaccine sites, please contact St John Ambulance or NHS Responders. Please be aware we are a volunteer service and cannot be involved in facilitating student placements. 

Please download our leaflet providing more information on how you can make a difference while volunteering with CNWL and our current Volunteer Policy sets out all you need to know about volunteering with us.

Our volunteers can be based in Hospitals/ Inpatient services, offering  support within wards and departments carrying out specialist roles: ward assistants, befriending, reading, mealtime companions, activities and entertainment volunteers, and administrative support.

Our colleagues on Primary care, Community services and General practice usually have volunteers involved in their services in roles such as social and activities organisers, befriending/ visiting, interpreters, expert patients, health champions and lifestyle coaches just to name a few.

This list is not comprehensive: it indicates some of the roles undertaken by volunteers within the NHS. Volunteers often operate across various roles and health settings.

We have this leaflet, providing more information on how you can make a difference while volunteering with CNWL and our current Volunteer Policy sets out all you need to know about volunteering with us.

CNWL volunteers play an important role in complementing the work of our staff. Volunteering enables members of the local community to participate and gain valuable experience in our work, benefitting service users, carers, staff and the overall community.

The volunteers at CNWL come from all walks of life and occupations, from students gaining experience to former patients, carers, people who have retired, and our staff members volunteer too.

Volunteers enhance, support and help our services, rather than do a job. You will never be asked to do duties that are part of a paid role.


Volunteering can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health and is a great way to meet new like-minded people. Volunteering can also help you gain new skills and experience in different environments, roles and areas of work.

Volunteering at CNWL NHS Trust also enhances the services we provide at the Trust and strengthens the relationship between services and communities, helping transforming patient and carer experience and supporting our teams’ resilience.

There are some other tangible benefits to volunteering:

  • You can get references after six months for future volunteering roles or employment
  • Volunteers can be nominated for the Gem Awards, recognizing your hard work and dedication
  • We cover the travel expenses you have incurred in your role and some light lunch expenses when you volunteer for more than four hours

I want to become a volunteer, now what?

We have temporarily closed applications. We hope to open them up again with new roles in September.

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