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Volunteering for Mildmay

Volunteers have always been central to Mildmay, freely giving their time, skills and expertise.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available throughout the week, including evenings and weekends

We are currently looking for volunteers who could give us a couple of hours every weekend to engage directly with our patients. The weekends are very quiet at Mildmay and our patients sometimes crave visitors to stave off loneliness and isolation - just to talk to or perhaps play cards, or in some other way help the time to pass. If you would find this rewarding and can spare the time, please get in touch.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
Mildmay Mission Hospital needs volunteers to:
  • Befriend our patients

  • support our Estate and Facilities Team

  • collect essential items from pharmacies and acute hospitals

  • work on reception

  • help with sorting through our archive material

  • help  tidy up the Mildmay garden (essential outdoor space for our patients)

  • join our chaplaincy team as a volunteer chaplain

Volunteering at our hospital in Shoreditch can make a huge difference to those in our care

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them.

For others it provides an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, meet new people, pass on knowledge, and have fun. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.


"It is so simple to make a difference, you just have to care"

Georgia, Mildmay volunteer

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Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do

  • Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.

  • Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.

  • Meet people. Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.

  • Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.

  • Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.

  • Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

  • Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it. 

Who can volunteer?

Please note that to comply with the UK’s current COVID-19 guidelines, you can only volunteer to carry out those tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:

  • You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household

  • You are under 70

  • You are not pregnant

  • You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus.

Apply to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at Mildmay’s London Hospital, are able to travel, maintain confidentiality and have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check done in the last year, email our Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteer.coordinator@mildmay.org

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Once we have received your application form you will be invited for an informal interview

Following this, you will attend an induction and shadowing session which will equip you with the information and skills you need to start volunteering at Mildmay.

We ask that you are intending to volunteer for at least 6 months. This regular commitment ensures that both you and Mildmay get the most from volunteering, but we are also flexible and understand that there may be some weeks when you cannot attend.

If you would like to volunteer with Mildmay outside the UK

Please contact our sister-charities in Kenya and Uganda directly to enquire about any volunteering opportunities:
Volunteers and staff in the Mildmay garden