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Volunteer for Us

Make a difference to your local community

We can guarantee that you will make a difference. By volunteering for us you will be helping local patients and families in one way or another.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call our office at 01395 445876 or email Claire or Nina, our Fundraising and Support Managers.

How Volunteers can help

We have a range of volunteering opportunities and will match your interests to the roles available.

Care Navigators

Care Navigators offer practical and emotional support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Our trained volunteers contribute in so many ways. They might help with practical admin, support with end of life planning, facilitate activities important to patients, and/or provide some respite for carers.

40th Anniversary Event Volunteers

We have lots in store for our 40th Anniversary which we’ll celebrate in 2024 – but we need your help to do so! Your commitment can be flexible – more details here.

Listening Support

Join our Listening Support Group and help those needing the service by providing phone support. We also need help assisting at monthly drop-in teas.

Fundraising Volunteers

Fundraising Volunteers play a vital role in our fundraising efforts. These flexible roles offer a variety of opportunities like helping at events, baking cakes for coffee mornings, being a visible advocate for the charity and more.

Join one of our Committees

We are always looking to add enthusiasm, experience and expertise to our committees, whether it’s helping out with marketing efforts, planning fundraising events, or getting involved in the management of the charity.

Why Volunteer?

Below are just some of the reasons people choose to volunteer but whatever your reason, we are looking for volunteers to support and improve the services we provide:

  • Give something back to your local community
  • Maybe Hospiscare has had an impact on one of your family or friends
  • Newly acquired spare time
  • A wish to make a difference to the lives of others
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Meet new people and make new friends in your local community

We will provide training and support and do whatever we can to find a role that suits your experience, time and availability. We are really keen to hear from anyone that would like to volunteer, you don’t need to commit a huge amount of time, whatever works for you works for us! We currently don’t have many volunteers in Woodbury or the surrounding villages, so if that is you and you can spare an hour or two please get in touch.


Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer.  All you need is a desire to support those needing help in your local community.  We do whatever we can to make sure your role matches your interests and skills.
We do, though, urge anyone who has recently lost a loved one to think very carefully before volunteering with us and recommend waiting at least a year before applying.

Do you do background checks on volunteers?

Volunteering may involve working with people when they are highly vulnerable, so we do carry out some background checks.
To start off with, in your application we will ask for some basic information on you and also for the contact details of two people who can provide references, such as a work colleague or friend.
If your area of volunteering requires a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check under the Care Standards Act 2000, we will ensure that the necessary form is completed and pay any charge that may be due.
Due to the sensitive nature of the duties involved, we will ask you to complete a declaration on any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, final warnings and any other information that may affect your suitability for voluntary work.

Will I receive training?

Yes, all volunteers will be provided with training and support relevant to their role, which normally includes attending a short preparatory course followed by a more role specific training. We will continue to provide you with ongoing assistance, support and guidance.

Will you pay for my expenses?

Yes, volunteers can claim for mileage, parking and other expenses necessitated by the role.  If you use your own car, we will pay you the standard mileage rate approved by HMRC (currently 45 pence per mile). Parking, speeding or other fines will not be reimbursed.

How long does it take before I start?

If you are joining one of our committees, you can normally start as soon as you have been approved.  For other roles, it usually takes around 3-6 weeks from the date of your application, although this may vary depending on your role and area of work.

How to apply

If you’re ready to get started, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and send it on to Nina or Claire. Or give us a call at 01395 445876.