Young Clinical Volunteer programme

Are you interested in a career in healthcare or looking for unique and meaningful work experience? If so, the Young Clinical Volunteer (YCV) programme may be for you.
About the role

Young Clinical Volunteers (YCVs) are based on the hospice Inpatient Unit (IPU). They volunteer closely with patients, nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and other clinical professionals, becoming part of the IPU team whilst they are with us. There is also the opportunity for participants to shadow ward rounds and clinical procedures.

YCVs complete a workbook over the course of their programme which follows the 15 standards of the Care Certificate. YCVs are supported throughout the programme by a mentor and the wider IPU team.

What experience will I gain?
  • Confidence and empathy skills
  • Hands on experience volunteering in a busy, progressive clinical environment
  • Careers Event featuring input from several different healthcare professionals
  • Professional Reference
  • Volunteer directly with patients and their families
  • Achieve the St Wilfrid’s Care Certificate on completion of the YCV workbook
Young Clinical Volunteers
What we are looking for

Young clinical volunteers must be available to complete a four hour shift once a week, for a six month period from September to March.

It is essential that our young clinical volunteers are:

  • Compassionate: St Wilfrid’s volunteers care about others’ wellbeing. They recognise when someone needs help, supporting them irrespective of their own opinions or feelings and putting their needs first
  • Professional: Volunteers want to use their skills individually and collectively to deliver the best service possible. They take pride in developing themselves and others
  • Progressive: We are forward looking and thinking
  • Respectful: We treat people with dignity and respect, always acknowledging and accepting people’s individuality. What makes us different makes us better

It is desirable that our Young Clinical Volunteers:

  • Have considered what it might be like to volunteer in a hospice environment
  • Understand the work of the hospice and have an idea about the role they are applying for
  • Can demonstrate how they have used their initiative to solve a problem or complete a task
How do I apply?

If this sounds like an opportunity too good to miss, please contact the Voluntary Services team by emailing  or calling 01323 434205. Applications are usually open between May and June, and we post it on our Check volunteering vacancies link below.

You can also check our current volunteering opportunities by clicking the button below.

Photo by Rachel Manns

Read our blog

Our most recent group of young clinical volunteers, recently celebrated their St Wilfrid's Hospice experience, read our blog to find out a little more about their time at the hospice.

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