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Volunteering & work experience

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust recognises its role as a major local employer and encourages the opportunity of providing appropriate work experience, employability and voluntary service placements.

Volunteering at CHFT

Volunteering at CHFT

As an organisation CHFT greatly value the support of our team of volunteers. Covering a wide and diverse area,  the support of the Volunteer Service enables us to offer both comfort and practical assistance across a wide range of services, helping to enhance the environment for both patients and our colleagues.

In carrying out this work our volunteers donate their time and care, commodities immeasurable in today’s busy lifestyle.

The support of volunteers directly helps the organisation achieve the four pillars of our full Trust Vision – “Together we will deliver outstanding compassionate care to the communities we serve”.  

Volunteers are welcomed from all backgrounds and provide a valuable service to The Trust,  offering a range of skills that help us deliver a high standard of service, compassion and efficiency across the many services that we offer. In order to maintain a degree of continuity to the patients and staff supported by Volunteers we ask for a minimum commitment of 1/2 day per week for a 12 month period. We understand that each Volunteer will have their own personal commitments and we are keen to accommodate as many varied requests to support as possible.

Unfortunately we have no current vacancies in The Voluntary Service.

Any enquiries please call The Voluntary Service on 01484 355648 or email

League of Friends at Calderdale Royal Hospital

Our volunteers help between Mon-Fri in three tea bars located in outpatients, the maternity unit and the Dales unit. They do this between the hours of 9:45-12:15 and 1:45-4:15.

League of Friends Calderdale Royal Hospital

We currently have no Tea Bar vacancies. 

League of Friends at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

League of Friends Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

We currently have no Tea Bar vacancies. 

Work Experience

Work experience provides you with an insight into a certain area within our Trust, for example Adult Nursing.  Your placement would be from 1 day to a maximum of 30 hours taken in 5 consecutive days or a day a week over consecutive week.  You may apply for work experience through your 6th form, college or directly through us depending where you study.  Placements need to be requested at least 2 months in advance of the date required. 

Work Experience placements are not accepted at the moment, due to the current volume.

To qualify for work experience at the trust you must:


  • Live and study within the Calderdale and Huddersfield area

  • Have left school and study within the Calderdale and Huddersfield area

  • And/or be a child of a Trust employee, regardless of postcode

For an application form please contact stating ‘Work Experience’ in the subject line or phone us on 01484 355002.


How to know which is right for you, volunteering or work experience?


Q. Do you need to visit a department for your college work or University entrance?

A. Work experience


Q. Do you have a regular allocation of time to donate for 12 months of more?

A. Volunteering


Q. Do you want to find out what a job is like or how the hospital/NHS works?

A. Work Experience


Q. Do you want to share your time?  Have you experienced some kindness that you would like to give back?

A. Volunteering