Join our super volunteers!
We know just how much our wonderful volunteers can improve a patient’s stay here at Addenbrooke's or the Rosie hospital.
We have a brilliant, active and highly valued team of volunteers who give some of their time to make a difference for patients every week. We’re proud that Cambridge Universities Hospital (CUH) is a great place to volunteer.
- We create meaningful roles where volunteers have direct contact with patients and can see for themselves the difference they make
- We provide free on-site parking, travel expenses (up to a 30 mile round trip)
- We provide a comprehensive induction and optional on-going training opportunities
- We appreciate volunteers’ service and attendance and acknowledge these with certificates, badges and celebration events
- We have a dedicated team of staff in the Voluntary Services department to support our volunteers
- We understand that each applicant’s motivation to step into volunteering is unique to them.
- Volunteers join with staff in helping give our patients the best experience possible. Our values of Together-Safe-Kind-Excellent – apply equally to volunteers and staff.
I love volunteering at CUH because I keep learning so much, from the patients, from the staff and from being involved.Simon, CUH Volunteer
For more information go to: Volunteering at CUH (opens in a new tab)
To apply go to: Volunteers
Tell a Friend Campaign
In Autumn 2023 we launched Tell a Friend Campaign
The volunteer force at Cambridge University Hospital was hit hard by the 2019 Covid pandemic, with over 200 of our original volunteers leaving and moving on to different things during the time in which volunteering was suspended at CUH. We have been working hard to recover and recruit new volunteers to rebuild our support team. Currently we are about half way to achieving our target of 400-450 volunteers.
So what is our message?
- Volunteers are invaluable and impact the patient experience
- Volunteering benefits not just us the NHS but the volunteer themselves
- Volunteer today and make a difference
We want people to know just how valued our volunteers are at CUH. How much each volunteer can make a difference to a patients visit or stay at the hospital. Just a few hours a week is all it takes to make someone’s day a whole lot better. Caring for our patients is at the heart of what we do and our volunteers play a part in this.
We have some wonderful CUH volunteer staff stories to share with you. Frank, Simon, Zahra and Ahana have all taken the time to tell us about their experiences of volunteering here at CUH. It is wonderful to see the wide range of individuals that volunteer with us, of all ages and backgrounds.
Read them here
Our volunteers let us know how much they value their roles with us. Research shows that alongside health and wellbeing benefits to volunteers themselves, also the overall value of volunteering to the NHS – in the amount of time/hours and monetary saving. Below are interesting reads on the subject.
- Decreased risk of depression
- A mental health boost
- Increased physical activity
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood pressure
So what can you do to help?
Tell a friend! Spread the word far and wide about joining our super volunteers here at CUH
Further staff stories
I really love Tuesdays as this is the day that I volunteer at Addenbrookes as a guide. I’ve been here for just over 12 years and done quite a variety of jobs, from selling newspapers on the wards to interviewing potentially new volunteers. I even worked in the office for a while. Guiding is my favourite, as it gives me the chance to meet loads of people and get some exercise in at the same time. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will be joined by my young Dachshund Alfie who is an authorised Pat dog.Joe's Story
I love volunteering at CUH because I keep learning so much, from the patients, from the staff and from being involved.Simon's Story