Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

CUH Staff Volunteers


Why volunteer overseas?

Research has shown that volunteering overseas has huge personal and professional benefits enabling you to develop leadership, communication and teaching skills. CUH recognises the enormous benefits that staff bring back to the Trust after volunteering overseas and supports staff volunteering activity.

We can offer you resources to help you decide if volunteering overseas is right for you. The Volunteer Grant Scheme gives grants to staff undertaking voluntary work overseas and staff can you special leave arrangements for voluntary work.

If you are interested in volunteering overseas but you don’t know where to start looking, why not contact the friendly Cambridge Global Health Partnerships team, we will be happy to give some information to set you off in the right direction!


Ways in which we support staff to volunteer overseas

  • Information Service
  • Volunteer Grant Scheme
  • Taking leave
  • Database with information on volunteering opportunities with other global health organisations


Information service

We don’t only run international health programmes we also support staff (clinical and non-clinical) who are interested in volunteering to low- and middle- income countries. Interested in finding out more about how we can support you? Why not come by the Cambridge Global Health Partnerships office to our weekly Drop in Sessions on Wednesdays, 12.30-14.00 (Linton House, Puddicombe Way).

Grant schemes

We understand that sometimes staff are held back from volunteering overseas because of other financial commitments. 


Volunteer Grant Scheme

Going overseas to volunteer in a low- and middle-income country and need some financial support? Why not apply for a Volunteer Grant. We provide grants of up to £500 to support staff from CUH and the surrounding Cambridgeshire area to volunteer overseas.

To apply for a grant download and complete the Volunteer Grant Scheme form.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.


Voluntary Release Scheme

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships has worked to develop a special leave policy within the hospital to enable staff members who do not received study or professional leave to gain access to up to 5 days of paid leave above your annual leave entitlement if you are going overseas to volunteer. Cambridge Global Health Partnerships can help speak to your manager to talk through your application if they have any concerns regarding the authorisation of your leave.

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