We are not currently recruiting thanks to a fresh intake of volunteers. Please check back soon for further updates.
Do you have an interest in radio or the media? Are you looking to spend some time helping a charity working with hospital patients & staff?
Even if presenting isn’t for you, you could help with the running of our charity, lending your experience to a role on our Committee. In addition, we always need volunteer ward visitors, where meeting patients and giving them the opportunity to chat about something other than their treatment is central to the role.
Volunteering with us is a rewarding experience, and an enjoyable way to spend your spare time. As well as the knowledge that you’ve helped to brighten up someone’s day, you’ll gain useful skills and experience to help your personal and career development.
Radio Marsden is based at the Trust’s site in Sutton, from where programmes are broadcast to both Royal Marsden Hospitals.
Find out more about the various voluntary work you could do with us below as well as important information to understand before applying.
Volunteer Presenters & Volunteer Ward Visitors (Sutton)
Our Presenters and Ward Visitors try to ease some of the isolation that can be associated with a sometimes lengthy hospital stay. As we serve a world-leading specialist cancer hospital, in-patients may be admitted for longer than in general hospitals, and may have travelled a long way for their treatment.
Presenters work to produce and present radio programmes, playing music requests made by patients, along with other music and speech programmes.
Ward Visitors spend time with patients on the wards, collecting requests and offering social interaction.
Many patients tell us how much they enjoy the opportunity to chat with someone about topics other than their treatment.
Teams are arranged by days of the week. Both Presenters and Ward Visitors will work with the same team based at the studio in Sutton for a few hours one evening per week. After some time working with a nightly team on the Request Show, you may also be able to present your own show.
Keeping the station running requires lots of work and great teamwork. Other activities include fundraising, work on live events and outside broadcasts, production work creating trails and packages, and engineering.
Applying to Radio Marsden – please read before submitting your application
Radio Marsden has a commitment to provide a service to the Royal Marsden and its patients. So reliability in turning up for your allocated programme is vital. Once you have applied online, you will be invited for an interview and – subject to our schedule requirements – you will join a request show for your three-month probationary period of training, which will then be followed by a final appraisal.
During your training you will visit the Sutton hospital wards accompanied by an established presenter and also co-present a number of programmes.
Consistency and commitment over a sustained period are key, in order for you to develop the skills for presenting and producing a radio show. For instance, to prepare and present a Request Programme, you will need to be available for at least four hours to collect requests, chat to the patients and prepare and present the show.
There are other jobs available beyond presenting, so we will welcome you if you have expertise in managing live events, engineering / technical operations or committee work.
You may apply if:
- You are a minimum of 16 years old
- Can pass a DBS (police check)
- Are able to work in a team
If you are invited to interview and are accepted into probationary membership, you will then progress onto training and appropriate duties at the station. We are looking for volunteers who wish to have a long-term interest in the station.