The Northern Trust values the distinctive and worthwhile contribution made by volunteers and strongly believes that volunteers, in partnership with paid staff, enhance the quality of care and services provided to patients, clients and/or residents.

The Northern Trust is now processing volunteer applications.

For further information contact:
NHSCT Volunteer Service
Health & Wellbeing Department
Spruce House
Braid Valley Site
Cushendall Road
BT43 6HL

Tel: 028 2563 5575
Email: volunteer.service@northerntrust.hscni.net

What is a volunteer?
Volunteering can be defined as the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside (or in addition to) a person's family. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice.

Volunteering offers many benefits including the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people with similiar interests
  • Try something new and have fun at the same time
  • Develop new skills or use current skills
  • Experience different health care environments.

Research has also proven that volunteering can also have a positive impact on an individual’s physical and mental health and well-being.

What types of volunteer roles are available in the Northern Trust?

The Northern Trust is committed to involving volunteers. They welcome and greatly appreciate the contribution volunteers make on a daily basis and recognises the purpose and value of their role. We strive to offer volunteer roles that are varied, rewarding and fun. Some volunteer roles include:

  • Meet and greet team
  • Adult Centre/Day Centre
  • Gardening
  • Library
  • Complementary Therapy
  • Mealtime companions
  • Ward companions
  • Activity provider
  • Clinic
  • Hospital radio
  • Programme volunteers
The Trust has introduced Volunteer Recognition Awards for those Northern Trust volunteers who have dedicated 5, 10, 15 and 20 years to volunteering. The Trust will actively promote and recognise the dedication shown by volunteers when opportunities arise.
For more information contact 028 2563 6600.

The Macmillan Unit and Laurel House in Antrim Area Hospital have a large team of volunteers carrying out the roles – Meet and Greet, Ward Visitor, Mealtime Companion, Complementary Therapist, Beauty Therapist, Hairdresser, Nail Technician, Driver, Oral History Recorder and Researcher.  There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Macmillan Information and Support Service based at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Benefits to volunteers

• Extend your portfolio of skills and build your CV
• Avail of extensive training with NHSCT, Macmillan & Volunteer Now
• Get elected for awards
• Opportunities to attend ceremonies and celebratory events
• Receive recognition as a community leader and someone who is making a difference.

If you would like to volunteer within Cancer Services or Palliative Care, please contact Elma McCracken on 028 9442 4394 ext: 6531 or email elma.mccracken@northerntrust.hscni.net and you will receive an Expression of Interest form. You will need to undergo an Access NI check, an occupational health check and will need to provide two referees.

Other useful links to volunteer agencies:

34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT27 DBE
T: 028 9023 2020

Causeway Volunteer Centre
14 Killowen Street
Coleraine, BT51 3TP
T: 028 7035 8285

Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre
20 Queen Street
BT45 6AB
T: 028 7930 1862


Page last updated:22 July 2019