Please note that our volunteer recruitment process is currently on hold until further notice

Our volunteers are a really important part of everyday life here at The Walton Centre. From keeping patients company to meeting and greeting or delivering much needed supplies on our trolley service, our patients, visitors and staff are never far away from a volunteer.

We have over 70 volunteers who provide a range of different roles, in a number of different places within our hospital. There are volunteering opportunities to suit people’s individual needs or interests.

Volunteering opportunities are open and available from the age of 16 with no upper age limit. Our longest serving volunteer has notched up 23 years at The Walton Centre. 



PMP volunteers

Available roles 

Neuro Buddy/Dining companion

Outpatient service

Meet and greet service:

Infection control

Trolley service

Befriending telephone service


Below are answers to some questions you may have about volunteering.

What is the time commitment?

We ask for a minimum of four hours per week, for at least six months.


Do you accept work placements/experience, or can I shadow a doctor? 

This would come under Training and Development Department.


Will I need to provide references and a DBS check?

Yes, two references will need to be provided. A DBS check will be carried out free of charge.


Do I get expenses paid?

Yes, you can claim up to a maximum of £5 per shift. This includes mileage for petrol, parking tickets, train tickets and bus tickets. Volunteers are also given a meal voucher if they give their time for more than four hours per shift. 


Are health checks required?

Yes, you will be given an Occupational Health questionnaire at interview and we ask if you can book this appointment with the number provided on the form. Occupational Health will require you to take a copy of your up-to-date immunisations, which you can get from your GP.


What skills and experience will I gain?

Increased confidence and self-esteem, meet new people, learn new skills, ongoing training and development, be part of a team and gain an insight into a hospital setting for future career choices.


How long is the application process?

The process can take up to three months.


What about COVID-19?

The welfare of patients, staff and volunteers is the Trust’s top priority. The Trust has robust policies and processes in place for deploying volunteers safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes supplying PPE, exercising high levels of hand hygiene and social distancing, and providing appropriate training. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have around COVID-19 during the application process. Existing services have been slowly resuming since late May and new applicants are currently being interviewed online. Continued support will be provided to build on volunteer’s confidence and reduce anxieties of returning/starting at the Trust.

What is the entry criteria? Is there a minimum age?

Our minimum age is 16 years old. We have no upper age limit. At The Walton Centre we welcome people with disabilities and those from all cultures and backgrounds. All that we ask is that you are fit and well enough to undertake the volunteer role, you have a genuine interest in helping others, are reliable and have the commitment to volunteer. 

To find out more

Emily Nolan

Volunteer Manager


0151 556 3750 

Page last updated: 22 July 2022