If you have some free time, want to meet new friends or learn new skills you may like to consider voluntary work in the Belfast Trust.  Volunteers work closely with our staff to enhance and complement existing services available in the Belfast Trust.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to offer your time and skills to make a difference to people’s lives.

What do volunteers do?

There are various volunteer roles in the Belfast Trust. Some are based in hospitals and some in the community.

Examples of some volunteer roles: -

  • Befriending
  • Arts Volunteer
  • Day Care Volunteers
  • Elderly care hospital guide
  • Hospital shop trolley
  • Breast Feed Peer Support Volunteer
  • Complementary Therapy
  • Reception helpers
  • Horticulture Volunteer
  • Meet & Greet volunteers
  • Ward Helpers
  • Story telling and Music evenings
  • Red Cross Volunteer
  • and more...
  • Church escort duties

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can help you:

  • Achieve personal goals
  • Be part of your community
  • Practice your talents
  • Develop new skills
  • Improve your wellbeing and develop a more positive outlook on life. 

Did you know? One in five managers have employed someone because of their volunteer experiences (Source: LinkedIn)

Be inspired, read our Volunteer Stories

How do I become a volunteer?

You don’t need any previous experience to become a volunteer, but we do look for certain personal qualities such as reliability, honesty, good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.  A volunteer must be at least 18 years of age but, there is no upper age limit.

To get involved, contact the Volunteer Manager or Locality Volunteer Coordinator (see below) and they will have a chat with you, provide you with an application form and arrange an interview.  

Download the application form here (PDF)


You should contact the coordinators well in advance of wishing to commence your volunteer placement, as it takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the whole recruitment process (including police checks) to be completed.

Please note that if your application is successful, a minimum commitment of 9 months is required.

Everyone has the right to apply to be a volunteer but not everyone will be placed due to a lack of available placements (you may be placed on a waiting list).

Download the application form here (PDF)

Belfast Trust is especially looking for volunteers for the following areas:

  • Church Escorts Volunteers in the Mater and Belfast City Hospitals
  • Meet & Greet Volunteers in A&E at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Atrium in Mater Hospital
  • Befrienders in wards in the Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Befrienders in community facilities e.g. Killynure, Brae Valley, Bruce House, Fairholme, Valencia Ward on the Knockbracken site

Locality Volunteer Co-ordinators

The Belfast Trust is committed to the promotion, support and development of volunteer participation throughout the organisation. To do this, Volunteer Coordinators work throughout the Trust and are responsible for volunteer opportunities in different areas and hospitals.

Contact Details

Johanna Shields
Locality Volunteer Coordinator for Musgrave Park and Royal Victoria Hospitals
Phone: (028) 950 48774
email: johanna.shields@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Dolores O’Hare
Volunteer Coordinator Manager for Belfast City and Mater Hospitals
Phone: (028) 950 46596
email: dolores.ohare@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Bernadette Doran
Volunteer Locality Coordinator for Community Facilities, including Muckamore Abbey Hospital & Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Phone: (028) 9504 2364
Email: Bernadette.Doran@belfasttrust.hscni.net