Youth Volunteering Programme


Working alongside the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and supporting the i.will campaign, we have developed an opportunity for 16 – 21 year olds to get involved and volunteer at Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals. 

We offer two programmes a year - the Summer Programme and the Patient Engagement Volunteer Programme. 

Youth Volunteering Programme – Summer Programme

The Summer Programme allows you to flexibly volunteer for 30 hours over an 8 week period between July and August.

The Summer Programme allows you to get stuck into hospital life as a volunteer, assisting patients and supporting the wards in Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals. 

Recruitment for the Youth Volunteering-Summer Programme 2020 is suspended.  

Youth Volunteering Programme-Patient Engagement Volunteers

The Patient Engagement Volunteer role allows you to get involved within Hospital life as a volunteer, be a kind and friendly face around the hospital, spend time with patients by engaging them in conversation and activities while developing your own skills and gaining experience within a ward-based environment. 

The role allows you to volunteer for 2 hours a week, across a six month period at our Charing Cross Hosptial and Hammersmith Hosptial sites.

Recruitment for the Youth Volunteering-Patient Engagement Volunteers 2020 is suspended.


While volunteering with us through the Youth Volunteering Programme, you can work towards the ASDAN Short Course in Volunteering - you can find more information here

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Imperial Health Charity’s volunteering programme is recognised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as an Approved Activity Provider.

We are the first volunteering programme within an NHS hospital trust to be accredited by the Award, meaning you can take part and volunteer with the knowledge that the programme meets the highest standards set by the Award.

If you are over the age of 16, you can undertake the volunteering section of the Award by volunteering with us within one of our hospitals. You will need to complete a minimum period based on the Award you are currently undertaking:

  • Bronze – 6 months
  • Silver – 6 months
  • Gold – 12 months

More information about the Award can be found here.

Please talk to your Volunteering Manager if you would like to complete the volunteering section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with us.