The Royal Hospital Donnybrook: Volunteer Visitors, Receptionists & Drivers

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook (RHD) provides hospital care for people requiring rehabilitation, complex residential care, respite, and day hospital services. The service provided is characterised by a multidisciplinary team approach with medical, nursing and allied health professionals working together in a collaborative and dynamic way to meet the complex needs of people with chronic illness, physical and neuro disability.

What's Involved

Do you have a couple of hours to spare each week and would like to get more involved in your community? Volunteering is a great way to give back. Why not use your time to give one-on-one attention and make a difference to the life of a person living in a hospital setting?

As a Volunteer Visitor, this may include simple everyday activities such as reading the newspaper, doing crosswords, coffee and a chat, and walks around our beautiful grounds.

As a volunteer receptionist you will meeting with visitors, answering calls, providing directions.

Volunteer drivers would largely be involved in driving residents to appointments or events.

Volunteering with us will have a real impact, enhancing the quality of life for a person living in a long term care setting, boosting wellbeing, building confidence and self-esteem.

Volunteer Support

  • Induction will be provided before you start.
  • Staff will be available if you have any questions or concerns at any stage.

What's required for this position

  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • A patient caring person, sympathetic, with a non-judgmental approach.
  • Can relate well to people with disabilities.
  • Practical person and good at using own initiative.
  • Empathy and patience. Friendly and reliable.
  • Reliable / dependable / flexible
  • Understanding and maintaining confidentiality
  • Have a positive outlook and is enthusiastic.
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:

  • Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role

  • Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    Morning, Afternoon & Evening

Minimum time commitment: 

  • 1 year

Hours required:

  •  2hrs Weekly

Other Details

  • Location of volunteering opportunity: The Royal Hospital Donnybrook , Morehampton Road, Donnybrook Dublin 4

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Application Form
  • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:

  • Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

  • No

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

  • Gaining valuable experience. Helping people who may need support is good for your own wellbeing.

Getting there

  • Bus : 46A 145 . Drive: Coming towards city centre through Donnybrook Village . Take the turn left after The Hampton Hotel onto Bloomfield Avenue- the hospital is at the end of the Avenue.


Registered Charity Number 20001605 Revenue Charity No. CHY 982

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
4th Jan, 2023
Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Expiry Date
4th Mar, 2023