FAQs

How many hours will I be able to volunteer?

We ask that volunteers do at least one shift per week. Volunteers can do a maximum of 10 hours per week.

Will I be able to start straightaway?

No, the volunteer process can take a number of months to complete, as it includes a DBS check, mandatory training, an interview and collection of references.

Can I claim expenses?

Yes you can claim back your travel expenses. We will issue you with claim forms and expenses are paid monthly via cheque.

What support will I get from The Christie?

As well as full training ahead of you starting with The Christie, you will have a named line manager in the department you are volunteering in and an induction on your first day. We also hold regular volunteer coffee mornings so you can meet your fellow volunteers and a regular volunteer newsletter.

I have not worked – who can provide my references?

We require two references ideally from employers but if this is not possible it can be from other volunteer organisations, or someone that has known you well for at least three years such as a family doctor or a teacher/tutor.

Why do I need to complete an application form/have a DBS check?

Your application form allows us to keep a record of your details and to help us see if you are suitable for the role you have applied for. All volunteers must have a DBS check as you will be working closely with our patients and their safety is our main concern.

Why do I need a health check?

Our volunteers’ wellbeing is important so the health check helps us to confirm you are fit and well enough to take on the role you have applied for and to see if you require any assistance or adjustments to help you with your tasks.

Can I shadow doctors/nurses or work clinically?

No our volunteers do not undertake any clinical work. For shadowing or clinical work experience enquiries please contact Sara.Aljaizani@christie.nhs.uk

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