St. Richard’s Hospice Community Volunteers

Ruth and John Hunt with Otto and Community Volunteer Marilyn JohnsonSt. Richard’s Hospice are looking for people to make a difference to the lives of others every day.

We are currently recruiting Community Volunteers to provide practical support to people in their own homes in Worcester and the surrounding areas.

Who we are

Our Community Volunteers are people who have a few hours to spare each week and want to offer something positive to members of their own community.

No specific skills are needed – just the ability to get on with people and the desire to help.

You will only be asked to help someone who lives in your own community so there isn’t too far to travel and you won’t be asked to do anything medical or related to personal hygiene.

A Community Volunteer can be anyone over the age of 18 years and be willing to attend the hospice training sessions.

Community Volunteers are able to claim travel and other small expenses, as we would never expect you to be out of pocket from offering your time and help.

What we do

We understand that when a person has a life-threatening illness, it is difficult to deal with the everyday tasks that still need to be done.

People often become even more distressed by not having the energy to walk the dog, or the mobility to do some shopping and may feel reluctant to ask family or friends for help.

Our Community Volunteers are trained and supported by St. Richard’s Hospice. They are there to provide practical help in the home or just to visit and have a chat.

What does ‘practical support’ include?   

  • Light housework
  • Light gardening
  • Ironing
  • Shopping
  • Dog walking
  • Accompanying to appointments
  • Companionship

Volunteers are matched to a patient according to what support is required and what the volunteer is happy to offer. For example, some volunteers might choose to offer to do shopping, whilst others may only want to offer companionship.

This role is enjoyable and rewarding but can sometimes be challenging.

Good communication skills including listening skills and the ability to be sensitive to the varied needs of others are essential for this role.

For further information about this role, please contact Jane Welch, Community Volunteers Co-ordinator or Kirstie Smith, Staff and Volunteer Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01905 763963 or email           

Community Volunteer