Volunteer With Us

Join our team of dedicated and friendly volunteers and make a positive impact in your community by supporting the Friends of East Surrey Hospital.

Volunteering not only allows you to make a positive impact but also provides an opportunity to make friends in your local community. At Friends of East Surrey Hospital, we offer various volunteering roles to suit your preferences and availability.

You can choose to become a Trustee, a regular or occasional volunteer at our Coffee shop, or help during our festive Christmas and Spring Fairs – whenever you have spare time! As part of our initiatives for 2023, we are actively promoting youth volunteering, which started with a few boys from Reigate Grammar School’s U18 Rugby team, who provided much-needed assistance at our Spring stalls. The Coffee shop is an ideal avenue for those seeking work experience, fulfilling award schemes, or simply wishing to give back to our local community.

Join us in making a difference today!

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Our coffee shop

Our Coffee Shop is currently at the East Entrance – moving to a new purpose-built spot in April 2024 – is manned entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for reliable and cheerful people to help.

We need 24 volunteers a week to run effectively.  Our volunteers are ordinary people of all ages who like to give something back. They give up their time for free for a few hours a month in order to help raise money for the hospital. Along the way they have fun, smile a lot, provide words of support and encouragement to customers and in doing so make everyone feel welcome.

Some volunteers do several shifts a week whilst others do just one a month, but they all play a key role in the friendly service for which we are renowned. Many of our volunteers are retired, others are part time workers who share a shift with a friend for a weekly catch up and we also regularly welcome students and young people who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or want work experience.

We run the following shifts in the Coffee Shop:

Monday to Friday:
9:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Collecting and unloading the shop stock

11:30am – 3:30pm

As a thank you we provide free refreshments during volunteering hours, free parking and travel expenses.

If you could spare some time very month please complete the form!

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Fundraising events

Join us in volunteering at our hospital’s fundraising events like the Easter Stalls and Christmas Fairs. It’s a fun and rewarding experience where you’ll have the chance to brighten up the day for patients, visitors, and staff. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of these memorable events and contribute to our vibrant hospital community.

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Nurture our gardens

We are so thankful to Denise Moseling and her team for making and up-keeping the beautiful Hospital Gardens. They are places of tranquility for patients, their families and staff.

If you would like to become involved and can spare a few hours per month, then please contact the Volunteer Services Manager at East Surrey Hospital.

Volunteer in our gardens

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

Our charity offers various opportunities for youth volunteers to get involved, including helping out in our fundraising coffee shops or assisting with events. Not only will you be contributing to a great cause, but you can also gain valuable experience and skills, meet new people, and even earn hours towards your Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and make a difference in the lives of patients, staff, and visitors at East Surrey Hospital.

Our coffee shop is ideal for work experience, anyone wishing to “give something back” to our local community but especially for those wanting to earn their DofE awards!

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Become a Trustee

We warmly welcome volunteers who are interested in becoming trustees and playing a vital role in shaping what the charity does now and in the future. As a trustee, you will be expected to provide strategic guidance, actively participate in bi-monthly board meetings, and contribute your expertise to the overall management and governance of the charity. Trustees are expected to make a commitment to attend at least four meetings per year. Your dedication and commitment will help us in our mission to enhance the hospital experience for patients, visitors, and staff. If you are passionate about making a difference and have the skills and experience to contribute, please do get in touch.

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