'Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside one's immediate family. It is undertaken freely and without concern for financial gain.'

We are fortunate to have over 520 volunteers working alongside staff in our hospitals and community facilities such as residential homes for both children and elderly and training & resource centres supporting clients with physical and learning disabilities.

Volunteers work alongside staff in a range of roles specifically designed to enhance services. The fantastic contribution they make has helped to improve the lives of our patients and clients.


We welcome volunteers from the age of 16 years. Experience is not always essential. Training and support is provided. Where possible we endeavour to adapt tasks to suit the needs, abilities and interests of individual volunteers.

We want our volunteers to get something back from volunteering. Our volunteer roles can provide opportunities for people to try something new, build confidence, develop skills and gain experience to improve career prospects. Our volunteer roles also offer the opportunity for those who wish to help others and give something back to their community. Volunteering with us enables you to meet new people, develop friendships and have fun.

Volunteers aged between 16 and 24 years can register for the Millennium Volunteer Award Scheme. Providing recognition for volunteering hours achieved in the form of a certificate that can be presented to universities or prospective employers.



How do I become a Volunteer?

You need to complete a simple application form, giving us your contact details and providing names of two referees and complete an Access NI form.

We will guide you through the process and help in any way we can to make it as simple as possible.

We will discuss possible volunteer roles with you and help you to choose a volunteer role that is most appropriate for you.


If you are interested in volunteering, now is a brilliant time to give it a try. Please call the Volunteer Services Team on (028) 9056 4817. Peter Irvine or Anne Marzell will be delighted to give you more information and help you get started or email volunteer@setrust.hscni.net