Volunteering and work experience at UHMBT

Volunteer at FGH.jpg“A little of your spare time can mean a lot”

Our volunteers are a vital part of our success. We provide the best possible care in every way and much of the support we provide wouldn’t be possible without our generous volunteers. Whether it’s helping run a fundraising event, hospital radio, ward helper or offering a caring ear, our volunteers' generosity make our services better.

There are a variety of voluntary roles within the Trust and the number is growing by the day. Volunteers provide support all around the main hospital sites as well as in other locations where we provide services

The Voluntary Services department enables suitably trained hospital volunteers to help in a variety of ways throughout the hospital, deploying them where they are most needed and suited.

We are keen to hear from people who can spare around 4-10 hours per month and who would be interested in helping on the wards, in particular helping at mealtimes, in clinics, and in Outpatients, supporting the voluntary service office, or acting as a meet and greet guide helping patients to find their way to various destinations within our hospitals.

Volunteering not only improves the experiences of our patients, visitors and staff, but also provides an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Whether you are looking to gain experience in a healthcare environment or simply give a little back to your community.

We currently have a number of volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital.

The role of the volunteer is, and must remain, complementary to the role of paid staff. Volunteers are not an alternative resource or a substitute to be used to fill temporary vacant or discontinued paid posts.

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of at least four months of service. The minimum age for most voluntary roles is 18 years.

Where can you volunteer?

Hospital Radio

There are 2 radio stations covering our three hospital sites, Radio Lonsdale for Barrow and Bay Trust radio for Kendal and Lancaster. Find out more about volunteering at these stations here:

Radio Lonsdale

Bay Trust Radio

How do you become a volunteer?

From time to time we have volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital. 

All our volunteer vacancies when available can be viewed on line by clicking here

For further information on volunteering at UHMBT, contact Barry Rigg FMCI, on volunteers@mbht.nhs.uk

Work experience

Work experience provides an opportunity for students to shadow relevant staff, thus enabling the work experience student to gain a better understanding of the role(s) they shadow.

Most work experience placements last no longer than one week and the minimum age for work experience is 16 years.

How do you apply for work experience?

Applicants should either live or study within our main catchment area as we have limited places available.

When should you apply for work experience at UHMBT?

Please note:
Due to the number the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible to acknowledge receipt of application forms. If you have not been contacted four weeks after submitting, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

We will only discuss applications with the applicant

For further information on work experience at UHMBT, contact Barry Rigg FMCI, on volunteers@mbht.nhs.uk

Find out more

For further information, including contact details, directions, hospital facilities, visiting hours and car parking, please select a hospital from the list below:


Contact us

Helen Jarram
Head of Patient Experience
Tel: 01539 732288 ext: 55442



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