Volunteers not only contribute a great deal of manpower at the Hospice but bring skills, interests and individual experiences to the patients. There are over 1200 volunteers filling more than 50 roles, so there is bound to be something to suit everyone. Volunteers come from all walks of life and commitment, reliability, common sense and flexibility are just some of the qualities which are needed.

Some, but not all roles which volunteers carry out, will bring them into direct contact with patients or their families. Satisfaction in volunteering is all about matching skills, interest, passions and personality with available opportunities.

Why do people volunteer?

There are many reasons why people choose to get involved. These are just a few:
•To support the hospice’s work
•To do something unusual and inspiring
•To meet people and make new friends
•To learn new skills and improve their CV

However, the response given by most of our volunteers about why they do it is quite simply because they find it enjoyable and rewarding.

How much time do I have to give?

Volunteer roles at St Helena Hospice can be flexible depending on the role you choose and your availability. Certain patient facing and retail rotas can require morning, afternoon, evening or weekends.   Even if you think you can only offer three hours a year we are sure to find something for you.  You can start off with your minimal and if you enjoy it you can increase your time in your current role or even split it between different roles.

How do I get involved?

Please visit the vacancies page here and type in the word volunteer or fill in our volunteer application form.

Here's what some of our fantastic volunteers have to say about volunteering

"It's a privilege to volunteer with the hospice, I am so happy to be one of the 1100 volunteers!"
Jean Sherwood

"I love being able to help in a small way to be part of a wonderful place that does so much for everyone who comes into contact with it"
Angie Ward

"Volunteering is one of the most amazing and rewarding things I have ever done, I am so proud to say I help the hospice"
Georgina Barber


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