Student Placements & Volunteering

We know that volunteering offers the opportunity to build community and learn new skills. Here at Breathe Arts Health Research we have volunteers helping us in a variety of ways including in the office, with our research and on each of our programmes.


Based within the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University and working directly with researchers at University College London and the Royal College of Music we are proud to maintain close links with many Universities.

As a small organisation we can be flexible in the types of placements offered and aim to provide opportunities which support students to develop the skills they need to achieve their goals post University.

Previous placement students have become involved in a number of projects across the organisation including assisting with project management on our Melodies for Mums programme, developing a quarterly programme for our Performing Arts events, supporting with general office administration as well as clinical placements with our Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists on the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme.

For more information about how to apply for a student placement with us or for University Placement Coordinators seeking placement opportunities for students head to our Frequently Asked Question’s page.

It's been great to see the 'patient/public' side through my Melodies for Mums placement as it's helped me to take the feelings and thoughts of the public into account when talking to healthcare professionals in my graduate job.

Elizabeth Hunt, Student Placement


We also offer placements for Occupational Therapy Students as Magic Trainers on our Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme.

Magic Trainers support the Clinical Leads with providing therapy for the young people attending the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme. Specifically, they offer support and encouragement to the young people whilst they practice their magic tricks and bimanual activities such as doing up shirt buttons, tying shoelaces and cutting up food.

Not only is this a fun and unique programme to be a part of; it’s also a great way to gain paediatric neurology experience. Our Clinical Leads will be on hand to support you whilst you help the young people to practice their tricks and daily activities, answer any questions you have and guide you with writing up clinical notes at the end of each day. If you complete 5 days on camp we will also provide references and a certificate of participation for your CPD file.

To find out more about what it’s like to be a Magic Trainer on camp you can read about past students experiences, watch our Magic Trainer video or take a look at our Frequently Asked Question’s for Magic Trainers.

Ready to apply? Download our Magic Trainer Role Description and complete our sign-up form.

I felt a real connection with the kids on the programme and was genuinely proud when they persevered and succeeded.

Andrew Bates, Magic Trainer

Other Volunteering Opportunities:

Performing Arts Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to support our Breathing Spaces Performances for 2-5 hours on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes across Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Working with a team of volunteers and artists you will be part of setting up the performance space and welcoming patients, visitors and staff to the performances.

To find out more about the role you can read about our current volunteer’s experiences . You can also find out more about the Performing Arts Programme including all of our upcoming performances in our Performing Arts Brochure.

Volunteering with Breathe has given me the chance to meet people from all walks of life and to experience wonderful performances. I know that a one hour performance or a five minute breathing space can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Deborah, Performing Arts Volunteer

To find out more about any of our student placements and volunteering opportunities or to apply to join the team please email us at or phone the office on 020 3290 2013 – we look forward to hearing from you!