Volunteering

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
  • Hospital Radio Volunteer
  • Red Cross Volunteer
  • Story telling and Music evenings
  • Church escort duties
  • and more...

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 one of the Locality Volunteer Co-ordinators (see list below) and they will have a chat with you, provide you with an application form and arrange an interview.  

Alternatively you can download the application form here.


You should contact the co-ordinators 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).

You can download the Application Form here


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 Co-ordinators work throughout the Trust, and are responsible for volunteer opportunities in different areas and hospitals.


Contact Details

Fiona Bell
Locality Volunteer Co-ordinator for Belfast City Hospital & Mater Hospital
Phone: (028) 9504 8771
fiona.bell@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Jacqui Ireland
Locality Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Community including Knockbracken & Muckamore Abbey Hospitals
Phone: (028) 9504 8456
jacqui.ireland@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Johanna Bell
Locality Volunteer Co-ordinator for Musgrave Park & Royal Victoria Hospital
Phone: (028) 9504 8774
johanna.bell@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Marie Heenan
Volunteer Manager
Phone: (028) 9504 9385 / Mobile: - 07827 014933
marie.heenan@belfasttrust.hscni.net