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Royal Free Charity

The vision of the charity is that every patient’s experience is the best it can be. From the initial referral from the GP to discharge from hospital we aim to make the journey as supportive and comfortable as possible. Our volunteers offer a friendly smile, a cup of tea, something from the shop trolley, a library book, an errand done or a good chat to help them on their way. Everyone’s needs are different and there are volunteering opportunities for all, including non-clinical roles.

Volunteers needed to help with smoking cessation

If you are passionate about the health and well-being of your community then maybe becoming a Smoking Cessation Volunteer Champion is just the role for you! Here at the RFH, smoking cessation is taken very seriously and we are looking for volunteers who might help with increasing awareness on the dangers of smoking alongside helping people to quit smoking. As a champion, you would work alongside your local Stop Smoking Service (Breathe) by helping the public to improve their understanding on the dangers of smoking and how to improve their health and well-being so as to empower them to live a more healthier lifestyle. This would eventually involve free training and eventually a qualification in public health as a smoking cessation practitioner. The smoking cessation mobile clinic is housed outside the Royal Free Hospital every Monday from 10am-1pm. If you’re interested in helping your local stop smoking service then please contact Sharon or Gill in the volunteer office.

Role Aim: 

• To Promote health and well-being messages to people who are in need of smoking cessation advice


As a Smoking Cessation Health Champion, you will actively help with the following:

• Encourage and support the public to improve their health and well-being

• Gain a recognised health qualification and new skills from the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training - NCSCT and become a public health practitioner

• Help to improve the health and well-being of people living in our communities

• To signpost people to specialist stop smoking services within North London

• Willing to learn new skills in smoking cessation

• Be positive and outgoing and engage with members of the public

• Be a good listener

• Have an ability to be sensitive and relate to a diverse range of people in a non-judgemental way

• Have a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others

• Be able to use your own initiative

• Hold, or be willing to learn about confidentiality, safeguarding and data protection

• Access to additional free training opportunities such as: NCSCT mental health and smoking course, NCSCT pregnancy and smoking course;

• Develop a new friends over common purpose and gain new skills

• Learn more about health & well-being and where support is available

• Be fully supported in your volunteering role

. The smoking cessation mobile clinic is housed outside the Royal Free Hospital every Monday from 10am-1pm.

Skills needed: 

• A minimum of 18yrs or older

• This role is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as there may be contact made with vulnerable adults

• As a Community Health Champion you will be supported to carry out activities and will be provided with supervision and training on smoking cessation.

• To Promote health and well-being messages to people who are in need of smoking cessation advice

• Signpost to local stop smoking services across North London

• Supporting activities that the local stop smoking service would initiate such as campaigns- Know Your CO Campaign

• Time commitment – Flexible commitment to a minimum of 3hrs per week twice a month every other Thursday for a period of 12 months

• Undertake and complete compulsory NCSCT qualified training – a recognised public health cerification

• Be open to additional training provided through NCSCT and the local Stop Smoking Service

• Understand the role of a Smoking Cessation Health Champion and how the role can add value to the existing smoking cessation work across the trust


Specific health promotion training

Pond Street London NW3 2QG
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here