How do I become a volunteer?

Come and join a team that makes a real difference

About St Richard’s
St Richard’s Hospice cares for patients and families in Worcestershire who are living with cancer and  family members – helping them towards the best quality of life possible.Our care is unique to each individual – whatever his or her physical, emotional or spiritual needs. Our hospice team includes our own doctors, nurses, social worker, counsellors and therapists working alongside highly trained volunteers.

Through care in their own home, the In-patient Unit, Living Well Centre and all our further support services, we are able to help patients and families at a very difficult time.

There are ways for you to contribute
You could join a team of over 1,100 volunteers that help staff in almost every aspect of Hospice work. Your contribution will be valued in whatever role it is, whether regular or occasional.

If you are interested in finding out how to become a volunteer for St Richard’s Hospice, there are some easy steps for you to follow.

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 (see below) 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

you should call Volunteer Services (see below).

You should then plan to attend an Open Information Evening 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.

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. It is why it is important to discuss such things with staff at the Volunteer Open Evening. 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.

Contact Details:
Volunteer Services
Tel: 01905 763 963
Email: [email protected]

Click here for our online application form

To see our current list of Volunteer Vacancies, click here