Volunteer UK

The dental charity in the UK and overseas

*Spend a day volunteering on one of our mobile dental units providing free emergency dental care for homeless, vulnerable or hard-to-reach communities.

*Clinics take place on our vehicles outside hostels, day centres, soup kitchens, community centres and public buildings.

*Positions are voluntary although we are able to pay modest expenses for some clinics.

*Volunteering opportunities for dentists, dental nurses and dental assistants.  

See our current UK volunteering opportunities

For many homeless and vulnerable people, accessing dental care is incredibly difficult.  According to research by the charity Groundswell, 70 per cent of rough sleepers have lost teeth since becoming homeless, 30 per cent are living with dental pain and 15 per cent have tried to extract their own teeth. 

Dentaid’s mobile dental units visit soup kitchens, hostels and day centres, with volunteers providing free pain relieving dental treatments, scale and polish and oral health advice.  Our aim is to help patients out of dental pain and help to restore their self esteem. 

Many patients will not have seen a dentist for many years and may be suffering from anxiety, mental health problems and long-term dental pain.  By running a clinic in a location where they feel safe and familiar, we can help them out of immediate pain and help them to re-engage with dental care. 

Watch a video about Dentaid’s UK work

Dentaid’s UK volunteers provide free screening and treatment for all our patients including oral cancer checks, scale and polish, fluoride varnish, x-rays, fillings and extractions.  We see between 6 and 30 patients in a day.  In some cases we are able to offer dentures.

We have volunteering opportunities for dentists and dental nurses on board our mobile dental unit and we also need volunteers to help take medical histories and ensure the smooth running of our clinics.  Our volunteer teams work alongside Dentaid staff and project workers from the homeless charities we work with.    

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Dentaid also runs public access clinics in areas where people are struggling to access dental care.  Our mobile dental unit visits community centres, churches, schools and public buildings in Yorkshire and Suffolk where many people are suffering the misery of untreated toothache.

We also have a partnership with The Seafarer’s Hospital Society and the Fishermen’s Mission to provide free dental care at the quayside for fishermen and their families.  And Dentaid volunteers also provide treatment for head and neck cancer patients, refugees and asylum seekers, veterans, Afghan evacuees, children in areas of high social deprivation and victims of domestic violence .

 UK Volunteering Opportunities

 We have volunteering opportunities across the UK and requests for new projects all the time.  To find out more or if  you would like to be added to the list of future volunteers email ukclinics@dentaid.org
Please provide us with a contact telephone number and let us know the area of the country you would like to volunteer in.

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UK Volunteer opportunities