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There’s good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Our Volunteer programmes are designed to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in a range of different roles throughout the Health & Care Sector.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone from the community may apply to be a volunteer if s/he is over the age of 16 years for RCHT and 18 years for CFT. Service users, their carers as well as interested members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to bring their skills and life experiences. Our Volunteers are recruited from the communities we serve including people who are retired, students, employed and unemployed.

Why should I volunteer?

  • The opportunity to learn and gain experience in service areas of the Health & Care industry
  • The opportunity to develop your skills:
    • to improve your confidence or to look for an alternative career
    • to gain skills to support a future job or university application
    • to build up skills and experience to return to work
  • The chance to meet others
  • Wanting to give something back to your local Health & Care community


Will I get paid?

Although you don’t get paid, you may be able to get help with travel expenses. If you are a jobseeker, you can volunteer and continue to receive benefit providing that you are still actively seeking work.

Will I need a DBS check?

Some roles will require you to have a DBS check.

Not yet aged 16 or over? Why not take a look at the opportunities available for when you turn 16 or alternatively, check out our > Work Experience programmes to get you prepared…

Below you will find examples of volunteering roles in Health & Care, but there are many more!

How do I apply?

Application Form – Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Click here to download the form. For more information please contact RCHT Volunteer Coordinator on 01872 253737

Application Form - Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust

Click here to download the form. For more information please contact CFT Volunteer Coordinator on 01726 873253

What happens next?

Once the Volunteer Coordinator has received your application form she will arrange to meet with you to progress your application.

Thousands of volunteering opportunities across Cornwall are advertised in the national volunteering database – Opportunities change daily, but you can register or search by using your postcode or town.

If you can’t find it on do-it, Volunteer Cornwall is always happy to support those looking to volunteer. They can be contacted on 01872 266988 or email

#iWill Campaign

iWill#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action, working to embed it in the journey of young people and create fresh opportunities for participation.

Their Vision is that every young person in the UK is taking part in this kind of ‘quality’ social action and we want to help achieve this by creating fresh opportunities for 10-20 year-olds to take part.

See our pledge here !