Rainbow Trust

​We are looking for warm, friendly volunteers to provide respite support to parents whilst their child is in hospital.

Main Activities:

  • To provide respite support to parents by sitting with a child or young person in hospital, reading, playing games or just talking for a couple of hours to give parents a short break from the hospital ward
  • Provide sibling support or support for the whole family

All ages welcome from 18 upwards

  • Ability to build relationships based on excellent communication and active listening skills
  • Experience of interacting with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Experience of interacting with children and young people
  • Ability to work with children and young people with complex health needs
  • Flexible approach with the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to empathise with families in stressful circumstances
  • Commitment to setting and maintaining appropriate professional and personal boundaries in line with Rainbow Trust policies
  • Non Judgemental approach
  • Warm, friendly and a sense of humour


  • We ask that you commit to Ad hoc - days and hours would be agreed between the volunteer and Family Support Manager to suit the needs of both the family and the volunteer
  • Due to the nature of our work and to enable you to get the most out of your training and volunteering we ask you to commit to volunteer for Rainbow Trust for a minimum of a year
  • To ensure that all duties are carried out within the framework of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charities care policies as appropriate

To apply for this role please email our volunteer team on