Volunteer roles

What are some of the roles available for volunteers?

We have a wide variety of roles ranging from fundraising for new equipment to supporting patients during mealtimes. Vacancies arise throughout the year and new volunteering roles emerge on a regular basis.

Examples of volunteer roles:

Welcomers and Way Finders

To assist visitors to navigate their way around the hospital site and accompany them where appropriate. You will need to have a confident and approachable manner and a love of walking!

Mealtime Companions

The role ranges from sitting with a patient to encourage them to eat and drink right through to actually feeding the food to the patient if required. It is really important to improve patient nutrition by providing feeding support and social care at mealtimes because it results in better nourished and hydrated patients. Ensuring patients eat and drink well is vital to their recovery and you will play a critical part in this. Training is provided.

Hospital Car Drivers (Torbay Hospital)

This service is for patients who are unable to travel by public transport and have to attend hospital or clinic for treatment. Drivers are expected to maintain a high standard of mechanical efficiency in all cars registered in the service.

Journeys are arranged, as far as convenient to patient and driver, to convey more than one patient per car to save unnecessary duplication of mileage. No other passenger should travel as any spare seating may be needed for additional patients on the return journey. Petrol costs are paid at a set price per mile.


To give volunteer pastoral and sacramental support to patients, relatives and staff, strictly under the supervision of the Chaplains.

Torbay Hospital League of Friends Butterflies Café

To provide a counter and table service in the coffee shop serving prepared food and beverages to visitors, patients and staff.

Lifestyle Screening and Brief Advice

The role is to assist and support staff within the Hospital Lifestyles Team to undertake screening and brief advice with patients on a number of healthy lifestyle behaviours using a formal screening tool. These include screenings about:

  • Alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Weight management
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Social isolation

Ward Buddies

Patients often do not have visitors and feel socially isolated during their stay. Research has found that social interaction to combat loneliness and isolation is really important for health and wellbeing. We would like volunteers to sit and chat to patients and if appropriate, to engage them in activities which stimulate conversation and may improve their overall experience.

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