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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.

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.



To discuss further please call 01484 355648 or email

Work experience provides you with an insight into a certain area within our Trust, for example Adult Nursing.  Placements would be anything from a half day to a maximum of 30 hours taken in five consecutive days or a day per week over consecutive weeks. 

All applications for work experience must be made through your 6th form / College.

Placements need to be requested at least two months in advance of the date required and will be arranged centrally between the Work Experience Team and your College / 6th Form careers team.

To qualify for work experience at CHFT you must:

o    Be in year 12 or 13

o    Study within the Calderdale or Huddersfield area

For an application form please speak to your careers team.

For more information please contact stating ‘Work Experience’ in the subject line or phone us on 01484 343439

How to know which is right for you, volunteering or work experience? This information might help:

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