Volunteer Vacancies

St Richard’s depends on volunteers in almost all of its work to fulfil its goal of providing free care to patients and support to their families.

  • We are flexible and happy for people to volunteer on a regular or occasional basis
  • We have many different roles (see Join our volunteer team) reflecting volunteers’ individual skills, interests and availability. The hospice is open 365 days a year, with volunteers helping at some time each day or week.

To apply:

If you would like to apply for any of the current volunteer vacancies listed please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator on 01905 763963 or email or fill in the enquiry form.

online volunteer enquiry form

We are currently looking for volunteers in the following departments:

Volunteer Vacancies – November 2015

Volunteer and Student Counsellor Opportunities

We currently have opportunities available at St Richard’s Hospice for qualified counsellors and students working towards a counselling qualification who are considering working with clients in a palliative care setting.

Student Placements and Work Based Learning

We are able to offer placements for students currently studying on a recognised course for a counselling qualification.  We can also offer Work Based Learning programmes where there is a course requirement.  All students must be members of BACP or be in the process of applying for membership.

Qualified Counsellors (Voluntary)

We are looking for qualified counsellors who are trained to minimum level 5 and are BACP accredited or equivalent.  We will consider counsellors who are working towards accreditation which will need to be evidenced. You will need to have sufficient time available to see a minimum of 3 clients for one-to-one counselling sessions per week. Experience of working with bereaved clients is preferable but not essential as training can be provided.

Due to the specialist nature of this work, the recruitment of students and counsellors will be a carefully assessed process. If you are interested in either of the above roles, please contact Kirstie Smith on or 01905 763963 ext. 2105.

Qualified Complementary Therapists
We are looking for volunteers who are qualified in the following complementary therapies – Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Relaxation and Visualisation techniques.

Volunteer Complementary Therapists need to be members of their appropriate professional body, be fully insured and have 3 to 5 years practical experience. We will support you in adapting your therapies to suit our patients.

We ask that our volunteers commit to work at least one session fortnightly to provide continuity for patients. Sessions are roughly broken down as follows: 9.30 – 1.30 / 1.30 – 5.30 / or an evening frm 4.00 to 8.00 pm.

Due to the specialist nature of this work, you will be required to submit to the Disclosure and Barring Service. . If you would like to have an informal chat regarding volunteering as a therapist please phone 01905 763963, ext. 2041 and speak with Moo Barrie MAR, Complementary Therapies Coordinator

Community Volunteers

St Richard’s Hospice Community Volunteers offer practical help at home for patients and carers who are supported by the hospice.

The volunteers are supervised and trained to offer a range of support to complement the care provided by hospice staff.

Practical Support includes:

  • Keeping patients company at home
  • Help with shopping
  • Light household duties
  • Walking the dog
  • Spending time with patients so that a carer or family member can take a break.

If you are interested in this volunteering role please complete the on-line application form or if you would like to know more contact Community Volunteers Scheme Co-ordinator on 01905 763963 or email:


Drivers. We are currently in need of additional car drivers and minibus drivers to transport patients to and from the Day Hospice on Tuesday to Friday.

Minibus Escorts. There is an urgent need for people to accompany the minibus drivers to bring in patients for the Day Hospice. What is required is to assist them to the minibus; help them settle in the bus; help them during the journey if required and to assist with them into the Hospice. While a regular commitment would be best, being able to provide occasional help would also be very valuable. Why not accompany a minibus to help make up your mind?

Warehouse Volunteers 

We have a need for more help at the Warehouse. Areas of work: Admin – reception, Ebay selling, cleaning, sorting donations, clothing, books, bric-brac, paintings, toys.

If you can help please contact: Matthew Baldock Warehouse and Distribution Manager, St. Richard’s Hospice Warehouse, Fixings House, Crowcroft, Leigh Sinton, WR13 5ED. Tel: 01886 833743

Shop Volunteers

There is a need for additional help in all the St Richard’s charity shops.

In particular:

Barnards Green Shop
Greatest need on:

  • Monday am and pm
  • Tuesdays am
  • Wednesday pm
  • Thursday am and pm
  • Saturday pm

If you can help or would like to know more please visit our shops and speak to the shop managers direct.

Bewdley Shop

  • Friday pm
  • Sunday am and pm

Broadway Shop

  • Monday am
  • Tuesday pm
  • Wednesday pm
  • Friday pm
  • Saturday am and pm
  • Sunday am and pm

 Deja Vue Shop

Volunteers are needed for the Déjà vu shop, on Belle Vue Terrace in Malvern. This is a dress agency linked with charity couture clothing which has been re-styled to be individual. This is an opportunity to sell high end designer clothing where donors can receive a share of profits whilst helping to support our cause.

Because of the way it operates, Déjà vu needs staff who can accurately fill in stock sheets for incoming and outgoing items. Also with its focus on high end clothing, staff need a flair for fashion.

Vacancies include

  • Monday pm
  • Tuesday am
  • Wednesday am and pm
  • Friday am

Enquiries to Richard Merriman, Shop Manager

Droitwich Shop

  • Saturday am/pm

Evesham High Street Shop

There is an urgent need for volunteers to help sort incoming donations & for steaming and prepping clothes.

Volunteers are always needed to help with the sorting, pricing and display of over six thousand books.

Evesham Homestore

  • Monday am and pm
  • Tuesday am and pm
  • Thursday pm
  • Friday am and pm
  • Saturday am and pm
  • Sunday pm

There are also vacancies throughout the week driving the van to pick up deliveries

Lowesmoor Shop

  • Thursday pm


Mealcheapen Street Shop, Worcester

  • Monday am and pm
  • Tuesday am and pm
  • Wednesday pm
  • Friday am and pm
  • Saturday am and pm

 St Johns Shop

  • Friday pm
  • Saturday am and pm

If you can help, please speak to the shop manager or the Commercial Department on 01905 763963.

St Swithins Shop, Worcester
Cafe: Monday am, Wednesday am, Friday am, Saturday pm

Shop: Monday am and pm, Tuesday am and pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday am and pm

Books: Saturday pm

Stourport Shop

  • Sunday am and pm

Tewkesbury Shop

  • Thursday pm
  • Saturday am

Upton Shop

  • Monday pm
  • Tuesday am and pm
  • Thursday am
  • Friday pm
  • Saturday pm

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the shop.

Events and Collections

We are always looking for volunteers to help at our events and collections. We have a variety of volunteer roles at our events including marshalling, helping with event registrations and selling raffle tickets. If you would like to know more about volunteering at our events or helping with our bucket collections please contact

Tin Collectors

We have vacancies for volunteers to help with our tin collections, to take responsibility for collecting and placing tins in their local area and support businesses who host our collecting tins. In particular, we are interested in anyone who can help out in the following areas:

  • Bransford/Rushwick
  • Great Witley
  • Worcester city centre WR1
  • St John’s WR2
  • Warndon/Tolladine WR4
  • Pershore WR10

Your own transport is essential as you will have to collect tins from various business locations and deliver them to the hospice. Ages 18-85years. Attendance at occasional meetings is also required. We estimate that 1-2 days per month would be required for this role.

To find out more, please email or call 01905 763963.