“I have been given so many opportunities to learn – I can’t thank you enough.”

A St Andrew’s volunteer in Northampton

Volunteers provide the perfect complement to our staff. They bring varied skills, experiences and ideas to our organisation and ultimately enhance and benefit the lives of our patients – learning new skills along the way.


Our Voluntary Services team welcomes, encourages and supports patients, staff and community volunteers.  They look after:

  • volunteer recruitment
  • training
  • placement and support.


Staff and community volunteers can get involved in many different ways, including:

  • general activities
  • as Pets As Therapy handlers
  • befrienders
  • psychology volunteers.
The Voluntary Services team also advises staff at all St Andrew’s sites on everything relating to volunteering.


Volunteering opportunities for patients

Our patients can volunteer in many different ways too, for example:

  • chairing a meeting on the unit
  • being a buddy to a new patient
  • attending learning actvities
  • work placements.

Some former patients choose to come back as volunteers.


Who can be a volunteer

To be a staff or community volunteer you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be able to commit for a minimum of six months (12 months for befriending)
  • be resident in Great Britain for the previous six months
  • take part in a recruitment process involving an interview, references, enhanced DBS check and 2 - 2 ½ days Induction Training.

Find out more about patient volunteering opportunities here.


To find out more about all types of volunteering at St Andrew's, please contact

Voluntary Services