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COVID-19 (Coronavirus info)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is the largest health board in the UK, providing healthcare to over 1.2 millions people and employing around 38,000 staff.  As well as the paid workforce, we also rely on unpaid volunteers who work with us to make the patient experience as good as it can be.  Traditionally this has involved spending time chatting with patients who have no visitors, or perhaps helping visitors navigate the hospital - basically a range of tasks to make things a bit more pleasant.  Volunteers help our hospitals run smoothly, allowing doctors and health care professionals to spend their time focusing on providing the best healthcare for patients.

Given the challenges of COVID-19, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has relied on hospital volunteers like never before. Although many of our pre existing volunteer roles are paused, we still have exciting roles for you to become a volunteer and support our services during this period.  In time, we hope to re-introduce some of our previous roles including direct patient support.

In order for long-lasting and meaningful roles to be created, all we ask for is a 3-4 hour commitment for around six months or more.  We need our volunteers to be reliable and dependable and make that valuable contribution through volunteering to their local community.

Our existing volunteers do a tremendous job by complementing the roles of our paid professionally trained staff and we are very grateful to each and every one of them, who dedicate their time to supporting a range of services across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

NHSGGC’s Volunteering Policy clearly states that volunteers exist to complement the work of our paid employees; and will not substitute paid employment.

  • All volunteers will display ID badges and in our hospitals they will be recognised by their NHS uniforms
  • All volunteers will receive training, support and supervision appropriate to their role
  • All volunteers are entitled to claim out of pocket travel expenses
  • All volunteers are covered by CNORIS insurance whilst undertaking their volunteering duties

Volunteering while on benefits

In most cases, volunteering will not affect your benefits but there are some exceptions. Find out more on the Volunteer Glasgow website

Keep up to date with Volunteer Services News & Events




Last Updated: 05 August 2021