NHSScotland volunteers can help us in lots of different ways, including:

  • guiding people through the hospital
  • running fun activities for patients
  • transporting people to and from appointments
  • helping with mealtimes in hospital wards
  • contributing to hospital radio
  • befriending patients
  • raising money through the hospital gift shop


There’s lots of great reasons for you to become an NHSScotland volunteer, including:

  • learning new skills and meeting new people
  • relevant training opportunities
  • gaining experience in an NHS environment
  • increasing your knowledge of healthcare

While volunteering is unpaid, it can give you relevant skills and experience for future employment with the NHS or for college and university courses. Many of our volunteers also report feeling better as a result of helping patients and supporting our staff.

To become a volunteer, you need to:

  • be over 16 years old (or over 14 if you’d like to take part in our specialist youth programme)
  • make a commitment to volunteering for a minimum of 2 hours a week for at least 6 months
  • take part in any relevant training
  • become a member of the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme

Depending on the role, you may also be required to wear a uniform and badge so that you can be identified as a volunteer. You may also need an occupation health check for some volunteering opportunities. To find out more about volunteering, ask your local Health Board or search for roles on Ready Scotland.