Volunteering

We have an amazing team of volunteers and we couldn’t provide all our care and support to patients and families without them

If you would like to join this band of local heroes then we would love to hear from you. We are flexible and happy for people to volunteer on a regular or occasional basis. We have lots of different volunteer roles covering a wide range of skills, interests and availability.

Hospice shops

If you are interested in volunteering at one of St Richard’s shops, the first step is to go to see the manager of a shop convenient for you to see what they do, when help is needed and to discuss how you could help. If the shop manager is not available, contact Volunteer Services (see below).

Hospice warehouse

If you are interested in working as a volunteer in the hospice warehouse in Leigh Sinton then call Volunteer Services or fill in an application form.

Volunteering at the hospice

If you are interested in roles with patients or volunteering at the hospice such as:

– with patients in the Living Well Centre or the In-patient Unit
– with patients and their families in their homes
– driving patients in a minibus or in your own car
– administration in the hospice
– support roles at the hospice such as in the garden, or the kitchen or maintenance

In the first instance, you should call Volunteer Services. You should then plan to attend an Open Information Evening or virtual event for potential volunteers to find out where you could best help. When you have found the right place where you could help, you could fill in an application form and attend an Induction Course.

Contact Volunteer Services

Tel: 01905 763 963

Email:

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Colin Rowley serving food
staff behind counter

Volunteering at the hospice

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the first step?
  • The first step is to attend an Open Evening or virtual event to find out about us and to discuss where you could help.

  • Are there any age limits?
  • Volunteers are welcomed from age 16 to help in some areas such as shops, fundraising events and to help with administrative work. Volunteers who have contact with patients must be over 18 and there is no upper limit.

  • Are any special skills or qualifications needed?
  • Some particular skills are very useful in the hospice such are hairdressing or complementary therapy; drivers for the minibuses or with their own car are needed; gardeners, kitchen workers and IT skills are also used. However, for many roles what is needed is an enthusiasm and interest in people, a willingness to learn, a sympathetic and caring approach and patience to listen.

  • Is training available?
  • The training provided is explained here: volunteer training.

  • How much time must I give?
  • The hospice is very flexible and so volunteers are able to give as they are able and according to the role they can fulfil. Some people give their time regularly each week and some are able to respond to occasional needs.

  • Is it possible to claim expenses?
  • There is a mileage allowance for those volunteers who use their own car on hospice business such as a volunteer driver or providing support in a patient’s home.