Volunteer with GNAAS

Become part of our volunteer ‘ground crew’ at the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Our ground crew volunteers have been supporting the charity since it started in 2002, representing the cause and carrying out a wide range of activities; getting involved in events, manning show stalls, delivering public presentations, store collections and raising awareness of our numerous campaigns.

Regular volunteering opportunities

Find an ongoing opportunity to volunteer with the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

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One-off volunteering opportunities

Dedicate a few hours to our cause and make a big difference to lives across the region.

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Why we need volunteers

Our aircraft cover an area of about 8,000 square miles. We must raise more than £7.7m each year just to keep the service flying. We depend on the members of the communities we serve to support us in delivering our life-saving service.

Last year alone, volunteers contributed 1,590 hours of their time to helping to raise the money we need. We would not have been able to carry on without them.

We are hugely grateful and proud of all our volunteers.

Available roles

Why volunteer?

It’s not all about us – we get regular feedback from our volunteers about the benefits to them, including:

  • Improvements in self-esteem, confidence and skills
  • The positive feeling of being a valued member of a team
  • Using their expertise for the benefit of wider society

Depending on how much you would like to be involved with volunteering at GNAAS, you can join in a range of activities and progress your volunteering career.

Volunteering FAQs

What difference will I make?
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Our volunteers are a vital part of the team – we wouldn’t be able to provide our critical care service without people like you!
You help us to explore fundraising opportunities and create exciting events for our supporters.

You speak to the public and spread the word about our charity-funded operations.

You collect vital funds at bucket collections and cheer on our #TeamGNAAS events participants.

Every role is important, and every role makes a difference to desperately ill and injured people across the North.

Which role is right for me?
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Before you apply, think about your skill set, what you enjoy, and how much time you can commit, then read the role descriptions to find something that suits your needs.

If you’d like to apply for more than one role, you can let us know in the application form.

What skills do I need?
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Volunteering is a great way to build your skillset, and full training will be given – so if you don’t feel you meet all the requirements of the role, don’t worry! As long as you’re keen to learn, we’re here to guide you.

All we ask is that you’re enthusiastic about the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, you have a positive, can-do attitude and you’re open to new experiences.

What will I get from volunteering?
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You’ll have the chance to gain new skills, meet new people and unite over a common cause. Volunteering can be loads of fun!

And you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you’re making a difference to the lives of seriously ill and injured people.

Can I talk to you about a volunteering opportunity before I apply?
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Absolutely – we’re always happy to hear from people interested in getting involved. Give our team a call on 01325 487 263 for an informal chat.

Rita Craddy, volunteer

“I do my best to help out, and I feel appreciated in what I do. You need to feel that at any age, but when you get to my age, it’s easy to feel useless and like you can’t help. But this has shown me that you can, and you can feel wanted and that’s a big thing.”

Sally Astbury, volunteer

“I enjoyed volunteering as a marshall. The event was well organised, the weather held and it was lovely to have a chat with everyone at the GNAAS stand and get to know them. Without a doubt, I would recommend volunteering, because GNAAS has a special place in my heart.”

Get involved

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available to suit all interests and skill-sets. If you have time to give to our charity, we would love to hear from you.

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