The Trust has many volunteers supporting staff and patients across our hospitals and in community health services.

These include welcomers at main hospital entrances, volunteers helping in the wards and in the hospital gym. Community volunteers support the stop smoking team, psychology team and carry out patient surveys as well as helping at Trust events.

The Trust values its volunteers and recognises the difference they make on a daily basis to the lives to of our patients, families, visitors and staff.


How to volunteer 

You need to be at least 18-years-old. We have no upper age limit, providing you are reasonably fit and well. We usually ask for commitment to four hours’ volunteering a week for a minimum period of six months. However, there may be circumstances where adjustments can be made to ensure volunteer recruitment meets the requirements of protected groups described in the Equality Act 2010. Please email soh-tr.volunteering@nhs.net.

Download the Volunteer role (detailed information) for more information.




If you are interested in being a Trust volunteer, please go to our vacancies page to discover the opportunities that are available.

If you progress with your application, the Trust will require two references and arrange a Disclosure and Barring Service check and a Health Assessment. There will be no cost to you.


On appointment 

Volunteers will be required to undertake an induction programme and will be issued with an ID badge. Travel expenses may be claimed at a public transport rate. Car users volunteering at a hospital site may request a parking permit.


Other volunteering opportunities

  • Radio Heartbeat: our volunteer-run hospital radio station is run from Ormskirk hospital. Email charleswesley1944@hotmail.com or call Charlie Southern on 07873 138438.
  • Southport and Ormskirk RVS shops: Janice Vella on 01704 704313