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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) employs around 38,000 staff. As well as the paid workforce, we also rely on unpaid volunteers who work with us to make the patient experience as good as it can be. 

Traditionally this has involved spending time chatting with patients who have no visitors, or helping visitors navigate the hospital. Basically a range of tasks to help make things a bit more pleasant. 

Volunteers help our hospitals run smoothly and allow doctors and health care professionals to spend their time focusing on providing the best healthcare for patients.

Given the challenges of COVID-19, NHSGGC has relied on hospital volunteers like never before. Although many of our pre-existing volunteer roles are paused, we still have exciting roles if you wish to become a volunteer and support our services.

Our volunteers do a tremendous job by complementing the roles of our paid professionally trained staff. We are very grateful to each and every one of them, who dedicate their time to support a range of services across NHSGGC.

For more information on volunteer opportunities please email:

What’s required

All potential volunteers must:

  • Be reliable and dependable
  • Commit to 3-4 hour per week, for six months or more
  • Complete the NHS Recruitment process, which includes appropriate clearance from Disclosure Scotland, and satisfactory reference checks.  

Potential Volunteers will be risk assessed in accordance to NHSGGC COVID-19 volunteering guidance. 

As a volunteer you will:

  • Display your ID badge and wear your NHS uniform in our hospitals
  • Receive training, support and supervision appropriate to your role
  • Be entitled to claim out of pocket travel expenses
  • Be covered by CNORIS insurance whilst undertaking your volunteering duties.

Volunteering while on benefits

In most cases, volunteering will not affect your benefits but there are some exceptions. Find out more on the Volunteer Glasgow website

Keep up to date with Volunteer Services News and Events.

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