Volunteers play a vital part in providing a greater quality of life to the Chelsea Pensioners who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

There are many ways in which a volunteer can help at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, from escorting them to hospital appointments, to giving painting or singing lessons, volunteers play an essential role in our community.

We greatly value the contribution our volunteers make, however we currently have a large number of volunteers, and new volunteers who we are looking to place into volunteering roles in the future. Therefore, we regret that at present we cannot accept any further offers of help.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in volunteering at the Royal Hospital and please do keep an eye on this web site as any future volunteering opportunities will be advertised here.


Here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea we rely on the kindness and generosity of our friends and corporates to donate to the Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal. In order to get our message out to the wider public we sometimes require the assistance of a more valuable asset that the supporters can offer us, their time.

Within the fundraising department of the Royal Hospital we often need help with events, such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Live at Chelsea and many other events across London. We also can need assistance with mail-outs to our friends and supporters. It is with great pride that we are able to do what we do in our office with the help and support of our many volunteers.

The Margaret Thatcher Infirmary

At the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI) – the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s care home with nursing – our dedicated volunteer team is central to our aim of providing the best quality of life possible for our Chelsea Pensioners. Volunteers support the work of the Infirmary in a variety of different roles, from supporting Pensioners to pursue existing interests and try out new hobbies as part of our weekly activities timetable, to assisting with trips and outings or organising a twice-weekly shopping trolley for Pensioners. Our army of volunteers assist us to ensure Pensioners residing at the Infirmary can continue to live their lives to the full and we are indebted to them.

Social Care and Welfare

We have a small group of volunteers who support the work of the Health and Wellbeing Department. These individuals visit the Chelsea Pensioners living in our Long Ward accommodation. Our volunteers visit and spend time ‘befriending’ our Pensioners. They will catch up with Pensioners in the lounge areas, gardens or in our cafe. They attend the coffee mornings we organise or other in house activities. They occasionally organise activities for Pensioners such as games or cinema evenings. They also support individuals with shopping, attending hospital appointments or on trips to local areas of interest.

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