Current Vacancies

Please note that there are no current vacancies.

Volunteer Services in the Hospital are currently suspended due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic find out more here.

Please keep us in mind

When these restrictions are over, we will welcome applications from people who can commit to working up to 4 hours per shift (dependent on the role) to provide an excellent service to our patients, visitors and staff.

Our Volunteers operate on a rota system, so you can choose to volunteer for one or more shifts. Reliability is key to efficient volunteering.  All volunteers are required to undergo a DBS check.

Find out more below, use this link to apply to become a Volunteer 


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Volunteering at the Lymington New Forest Hospital

A “Gift of Time” 

Our dedicated volunteer team give a precious “Gift of Time”, working in the hospital in one or more of the following activities:

  • Café – serve a welcome cup of tea or coffee, with snacks and a newspaper to patients and their carers waiting for tests and appointments and to staff
  • Shop – sell newspapers, books, cards and toiletries for visitors to take to patients, and a range of snacks and drinks for visitors and hospital staff
  • Ward trolley – bring a selection of newspapers in the early morning and shop goods in the afternoon to patients on the wards, many of our patients are elderly and some have no visitors
  • Guiding – help people find their way to their appointments, assist with check-in screens and give directions to the different areas of the hospital
  • Ward Friends – spend time with patients who are in need of a friendly face, they may be anxious, lonely or just want to chat
  • Pastoral care – specialist role to spend time with patients who are seriously ill (special training and coaching given)
  • Office – support the operations manager to organise the volunteer activities, cash handling, office systems and procedures

As a volunteer, you can also help us to

  • Fundraise – support activities in the hospital and community, such as selling raffle tickets, cake & craft sales, quiz nights
  • Hold Events – help us to run events such as fetes in the hospital grounds or the local community
  • Bake cakes / craft making – make delicious cakes or hand-made crafts to sell in the hospital and community events
  • Recruit Friends – encourage hospital users/others to become Friends … to get news about our work, events & fundraising
  • Recruit Volunteers – recommend volunteering at the hospital to your own friends and contacts

“ ... your gift of time means so much”

Volunteer Roles

Shop Assistant

Our shop is open from 7.30 until 16.30 Monday to Friday and from 9.00 until 13.00 on Saturday in the main reception area of the hospital. We sell newspapers, magazines, refreshments, toiletries, confectionery, books and greeting cards.

You will usually work alone, selling to customers, ensuring our shelves are kept full and tidy. The qualities needed to do this role are good communication skills, physically fit, after training be able to use the till and be confident in cash handling. No previous retail experience necessary. The hours are 7.30 to 9.00; 9.00 to 13.00; 13.00 to 16.30.

Shop assistant at Lymington Hospital

Cafe Assistant

Our café is in the outpatients area offering a selection of confectionery, pre-prepared rolls/sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and a welcoming cup of tea, coffee or soft drink.

Our café assistants work in pairs serving hot drinks and refreshments. Although no previous experience is necessary applicants do need excellent communication skills, be physically fit and feel confident in money handling and after training using a till. The hours are 9.00 to 13.00 and 13.00 to 16.30. Monday to Friday.

Cafe assistants serving in the Hospital


Our guides meet and greet patients and make their hospital visit as pleasant and friendly as possible. Duties can be varied, from assisting with on-screen check in, to escorting patients to clinics, .. even re-uniting lost husbands and wives!

New guides will be introduced to the workings of the hospital, and be trained to help in the café and/or shop to increase our capacity to provide relief cover when necessary. You will need to be physically fit, as guiding involves standing or walking throughout your shift. You also need to be able to accompany patients in the lift if required. The hours are 9.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday.

Guiding League of Friends Lymington Hospital

Trolley Service

You will be taking the trolley to the wards each morning or afternoon. In the morning it is a newspaper round and in the afternoon selling ‘goodies’ from our shop. You will need to ensure the trolley is stocked, have a pleasant, tactful manner and be accurate with money – as there is no till to assist with the calculations! Our patients rely on this service as many are bed bound. Reliability is essential as patients look forward to our friendly volunteers visiting the wards.

You need to be physically fit and able to use the lift and push the trolley around the wards, the trolley is bulky but not heavy. The trolley rounds take about an hour, usually between 9.30 to 10.30 and 14.30 to 15.30. We welcome applications from people who would also be prepared to train to help in our shop or café to provide relief cover or an early morning shift if required.

League of Friends Trolley Service

Ward Friends

Our Ward Friends offer a friendly face and someone to listen and chat to the patients – find out more about Ward Friends

Many of the patients do not get regular visitors as their friends and family cannot get to the hospital everyday. This service is designed to help the patients in their recovery.

You will need good communications skills and be happy to strike up a conversation with new people. You need to be confident and maybe able to do crafts or other activities with the patients. The timing can be flexible, with each shift lasting around 1 1/2 hours or so. You need to be flexible to fit in with the requirements of the ward.

Supporting patients as a ward friend

Newspaper Round

**We urgently need your help**

Can you spend an hour from 9am to help with our morning newspaper deliveries to patients. This is such a valued service to people who are stuck in the bed and looking forward to catching up with the news, sport, current affairs … and the crossword or sudoku! Please spare your time to bring a smile and daily paper to our lovely patients.

You need to be physically fit and able to use the lift and to push the trolley around the wards.