Friends of The Royal Marsden, Surrey » Volunteering


If you are interested in volunteering with Radio Marsden or the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please make direct contact

Who can volunteer?

The Friends work within the Trust’s Volunteer Policy which states:
• that you must be at least eighteen years old to volunteer
• If you have had a close bereavement within the last two years, you will probably need to defer your application.

Is there an upper age limit?

Unlike many other voluntary organisations, no upper age limit is stipulated. In view of the demands of many of the roles and the training requirements, however, we would need to take into account your ability to cope with a particular task.

I am currently a patient at the Royal Marsden, can I volunteer?

We are very pleased to consider applications from patients. If you are currently undergoing demanding treatment, we recommend you wait until the treatment has been completed.

Do you have any volunteering places at the weekend/in the evening?

All our activities are conducted Monday to Friday in normal working hours other than a very small team who look after the courtyard gardens.

My employer allows staff members to volunteer one day a year/I have some spare time at Christmas, can I help at the Royal Marsden?

Unfortunately, in view of the procedures involved in recruiting volunteers, we are not able to accept “one-off” or very short term volunteering.

Do you always have vacancies?

In order to maintain the highest level of service, we must operate with full rotas (which include reserves), so we will not always have a suitable role to match your availability/wishes and our needs at the time of your application.

How much time do I need to give?

This will vary greatly depending upon the role and your availability. Many tasks require three/four hours weekly or fortnightly but we also have reserves for certain tasks giving greater flexibility.

Will training be given?

In addition to mandatory training, you would receive the necessary training for the role you undertake.
What will I get out of volunteering with the Friends?
You will be part of the Marsden “team” and will have the satisfaction of knowing that what you do benefits the patients.

What are the procedures involved in becoming a volunteer?

• Telephone the Friends’ Office (tel. 020 8661 3082) Brief details will be taken
• Your application will be considered Further details may be requested
• You will receive a follow up call At any of these stages you may be advised that we are not able to offer you a position
• Interview

At interview, the “demands” of volunteering at the Royal Marsden Hospital and what is expected of volunteers will be explained, and your expectations will be discussed.

You will be advised about the application process; documentation which will be issued at commencement; mandatory training requirements, and your queries will be answered.

Any suitable roles will be explored and if it is mutually agreed to proceed, the necessary forms will be issued – these include a confidential health questionnaire which will be assessed by the Occupational Health Department and a volunteering form. Most volunteers are required to attend an Occupational Health appointment.

Two references will be taken.

You may withdraw your application at any time.

The role of the Friends is to provide the services requested by the Trust. When considering applications, these needs are paramount and we may not always be able to meet your expectations. The Chairman’s decision regarding whether or not to offer any position is final.


Friends of The Royal Marsden, Surrrey
The Royal Marsden Hospital,
Downs Road,

Charity Number: 1120637

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020 8661 3082

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