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

1. Why do we do it?

It may be helpful to start by clarifying the reasons why we ask all staff (paid and unpaid) to undertake mandatory 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 has a duty to provide training/information to allow us to offer best practice and to provide protection for patients, families and ourselves.

St Richard’s has an excellent reputation for the care it provides for our patients and their families. To fulfil our requirements as members of the St Richard’s organisation, we also have a duty to attend any training provided on a mandatory basis. These sessions are designed to equip us to carry out our role within St Richard’s and are also relevant to us outside of our workplace.  Whatever role we have, the training is designed to reflect that and be as relevant as possible.

If you have any questions around mandatory training, and its relevance, please come and see us to discuss it with you.

2. What we do

Training starts with an Induction Course for all volunteers who work at the Hospice when they start. It covers all aspects of work at a Hospice.

Then there is mandatory annual update training for everyone, staff and volunteers and specific training on topics relevant to your role.

The hospice has a larger programme of education and training for health professionals which are also open to volunteers for the standard fee (Education) However, all mandatory training for volunteers is provided free of charge

3. Training Content

Induction Course and Mandatory Annual Update Training

  • Health and safety
  • Child and vulnerable adult protection
  • Equality and diversity
  • Food handling Infection control
  • Moving and handling and back awareness

Please contact the Volunteer dept on for the dates.

Listening Skills

All volunteers who have contact with patients must receive (free) the Part 1 of a longer course provided by the Hospice. The aim is to inform, update and refresh skills in active listening and appropriate responding. It will engage with grief and loss issues and elements of self-awareness.

Part 2 is free to volunteers who assist the Family Support Service.

Manual Handling

ALL volunteers who have physical contact with patients need to do this. This includes volunteers working in Day Hospice, drivers, volunteers working in the IPU and complementary therapy volunteers.

You can choose to do the two sessions in one day or separately and you can book a sandwich lunch.
  • Moving and Handling Skills
  • Practice Standing a patient from sitting
  • Moving patient back in chair
  • Support holds to walk patients
  • Transfer from chair to wheelchair
  • Principles of safe wheelchair use
  • Stairs
  • In addition the driver volunteers will then go over getting a patient in and out of a car.

Complementary therapy volunteers & IPU / Day hospice volunteers who have physical contact with patients lying down will need to do bed work.

  • Sitting patients up in bed
  • Helping patients in and out of bed
  • Use of slide sheet
  • Helping patients move from prone to sitting up
  • Any other moves
  • Volunteers who do bathing will also be instructed in the use of hoists in IPU and Day Hospice which will be demonstrated separately.

Please confirm with Rebecca Stewart for details of the dates.
01905 763963