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Volunteering

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 looking for volunteers to join us wherever they are able to. We are flexible and happy for people to volunteer on a regular or occasional basis. We have many different volunteer roles reflecting volunteers’ individual skills, interests and availability.

Why Volunteer?

Make a difference where it matters…
In the last year our team cared for 1,195 patients and more than 1,000 family members, carers and loved ones. We simply can’t do that without the contribution of volunteers – whatever your skills, interests and availability, there is something you can do!

Meet new people…
You could be part of our team of almost 1,000 volunteers. Volunteering will give you the chance to meet some great people who are passionate about the same things as you. Working together and making a difference as a team can really bring people together and form strong relationships.

You can pick up some life skills…
Meeting new people, working as part of a team, building your confidence, self-esteem, motivation and developing leadership skills are just a few of the things you can get out of volunteering.

It’s great for your CV…
It’s tough out there in the working world, but volunteering some of your time could help. The skills you can pick up and the experience you gain are all transferable to your career – especially if you volunteer in a role directly related to your chosen path. Doing something outside your work and social life or studies shows initiative and enhances your CV to help you stand out from others for the right reason.

Once the recruitment process has been completed, we will invite you to attend our Volunteer Induction day here at the Hospice. This involves presentations from senior management to give you a better understanding of the Hospice and its different departments. The day will also include mandatory training, lunch and a tour of the Hospice.

Volunteer Training

It may be helpful to start by clarifying the reasons why we ask all staff (paid and unpaid) to undertake training.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations. They aim to ensure that the best care is given to everyone wherever they may be when they require it. One of the many areas they regulate is any training given to people who come into contact with our patients and their families, directly or indirectly. As an organisation, St. Richard’s Hospice (SRH) has a duty to provide training/information, relevant to our role, to allow us to offer best practice and to provide protection for patients, families, ourselves and the SRH reputation.

SRH has an excellent reputation for the care it provides for our patients and their families. To fulfil our requirements as members of the SRH organisation, we also have a duty to attend any training provided on a mandatory basis. These sessions are designed to provide up to date information to equip us to carry out our role and may also be useful to us outside of our workplace.  Whatever role we are involved with, the training has been designed to reflect the requirements of that role.

For an overview of the training days you will be expected to attend, please see Volunteer Role Descriptions within the available vacancies.