Ambulance Volunteering

What is #AmbulanceVolunteering ?

A volunteer is someone who chooses to spend their time to benefit society and communities, the environment, or individuals outside of their family relationships. Volunteering is unpaid, undertaken freely and by choice.

Ambulance services recognise and welcome the significant benefits volunteering brings to patients, staff, organisations, communities and volunteers themselves.

View our National Ambulance Volunteering Strategy here.

Ambulance volunteers have given their time in patient-facing and non-patient facing volunteering opportunities for over two decades to enhance and add value to ambulance services; they are not a replacement for our staff but a much-valued addition to the ambulance family.

Volunteer Dashboard - January 2024 Front Cover
View our Volunteer Dashboard

See the range of individuals who support ambulance trusts, the activities in which they participate, and the patients they help via clinical and non-clinical volunteering opportunities on our Ambulance Volunteering Dashboard here

It is widely accepted that being a volunteer has lots of benefits. It can help increase your wellbeing and sense of self-esteem, enable you to develop new skills and gain new experiences whilst making new friends and increasing connections. All this whilst making a positive impact on your community.

It could be that you are looking to gain experience in a healthcare setting, you might be looking for a change, have some spare time or want to make a difference. If you are interested in volunteering for your local ambulance service, please follow the link to their individual website for more information.

Whatever your motivation we may have a volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

Volunteer opportunities

Below are links to the many opportunities to volunteer in the ambulance service. Check out the different sections for more details about how to get involved.

Further Volunteering Roles

Volunteering hands upAmbulance Service Charity Volunteer

Our ambulance service charities need your help to continue their valuable work. There are many ways you can do this by volunteering to fundraise, helping out at fundraising events or supporting your charity team with admin and social media.

If you’re interested in volunteering for your local ambulance service charity, please click the link for your nearest service below.

North West Ambulance Service | Support our Charity

Yorkshire Ambulance Service | The YAS Charity

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust | Charitable Donations

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust | The EEAST Charitable Fund

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust | Support the London Ambulance Charity

South Central Ambulance Service | The SCAS Charity 

South East Coast Ambulance Service | Making a Donation

South Western Ambulance Service | The South Western Ambulance Charity

Or if you fancy a one-off volunteer fundraising opportunity, why not Outrun an Ambulance?

The Ambulance Staff Charity LogoThe Ambulance Staff Charity 

The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) is the national UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance community including serving/retired staff, their immediate family members, paramedic science students and ambulance service volunteers.

TASC volunteers make a huge difference to the ambulance community. Whether it’s raising awareness in their workplace, encouraging others to get involved, supporting staff at events or speaking at conferences, TASC volunteers make a real difference to the work we do.

If you’re interested in volunteering for TASC, please click the links below.

NHS volunteer responders logoNHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders (NHSVR) was launched in April 2020 as part of the national response to COVID-19. Due to the fantastic support provided by so many dedicated volunteers, NHSVR is now developing for the longer term and is being reshaped to help the NHS support people’s needs, locally and nationally.

It will also continue to provide emergency support to the NHS across England when needed. The new NHSVR will include a range of additional roles and opportunities.

Find out more at

NHS Volunteering

If you are looking for volunteering opportunities in the NHS you can find links to all the NHS trusts (including Ambulance trusts) on the NHS Volunteering website here.

Additional Resources

Helen Vine, 
Strategic Lead for Volunteering, AACE and Emma Valentine, Voluntary Partnerships Lead, NHS England presented the plans for the National Ambulance Volunteering Strategy at ALF 2022. Watch the recording here.

National Ambulance Workshop underlines importance of Volunteers

Getting involved:
NHS and Care Volunteer Responders Stakeholder Webinars (Aug & Sept 2023)

The Ambulance Volunteering Dashboard:
Insights about our volunteers and the activities they undertake with our two pilot ambulance trusts


Our Volunteering Strategy

Volunteering Strategy updated posterThis is the first National Ambulance Volunteering Strategy and demonstrates our commitment to supporting and enhancing volunteering opportunities in the ambulance sector and healthcare more widely.

We will monitor delivery of this strategy and update it in early 2024 to reflect our long-term commitment to maximising the contribution of volunteering for health.

View our Strategy On A Page here.

If you have any strategic queries about ambulance sector volunteering, please contact