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Volunteering - FAQs

Thinking about volunteering?

We've put together some frequently asked questions which might help you decide. If you have any queries or would like more information, then please don't hesitate to contact our Voluntary Services Department at Aor write to us at Voluntary Services Department, Appleton House, Lanchester Road Hospital Site, Durham, 0800 7835774.

What age do I need to be before I can apply to be a volunteer in your hospital?

If you are aged 16 or over you are eligible to apply to become a volunteer.

Why do I need to complete an application form?

It is a requirement of the NHS that you complete an application form in order for us to obtain your details and also to ensure that we match you with an appropriate volunteering role.

Why do I need a health check?

It is important for us to establish you are fit to undertake the role you are volunteering for and to identify if any modifications are required to assist you to undertake the role due to working in a health care environment.

Why do I require a Police Check (Criminal Record Bureau)?

A CRB check is required because as a volunteer you will be working with children or vulnerable adults.

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