Volunteer opportunities

What volunteer role can I do?

We have many different volunteer roles at the hospice to suit different people and we’re always looking for new faces to join our amazing team. We have a volunteer induction process in place to support you in your role.

Hospice volunteer roles:

The role with the greatest number of volunteers is the host role and it reflects our view of volunteers as the lifeblood of the organisation.

In 2013, when we moved to our beautiful new building, we introduced this role to enable volunteers to work flexibly across the hospice and respond to changing demands.

Hosts work in the Inpatient Unit, the Wellbeing Centre and the Street Café providing a friendly smile and a listening ear whilst carrying out vital support tasks which means no day is ever the same.

We welcome volunteers with specific skill sets in areas such as hairdressing, complementary therapy and clinical admin. We also have a team of specialist volunteers in bereavement support.

We have all kinds of volunteer roles to suit all kinds of people. Have a look at our current opportunities below or call us for an informal chat on 01323 434212.

Current opportunities:

  • Host Volunteer - Greet and guide visitors to the hospice, and to offer hospitality to patients.
    We are particularly looking for Hosts who can volunteer on weekend and evening shifts and Hosts who are able to be flexible with the shift patterns.
  • Bereavement Support Volunteer - To provide emotional and psychological support to recently bereaved carers and family members.
  • Beauty Therapist Volunteer - Support our salon team to provide therapy and treatments to patients and customers.
  • Estate Maintenance Volunteer  - to support a busy and proactive department of the hospice, assisting with day-to-day operation.
  • Minibus Escort Volunteer - Assist Hospice Drivers bringing patients to and from our hospice and their homes.
  • Hairdressing Volunteer - To support the Wellbeing staff team by practising agreed treatments on a voluntary basis.


We are always looking for volunteers in our busy retail sector. If you are interested in volunteering in retail then please visit our retail page

St Wilfrid’s Hospice shop:

We are excited to announce that we are opening shop on-site at the hospice and we are looking to recruit volunteers to support the running of the shop.

We are looking for volunteers for two new volunteer roles:
Retail Volunteer Team Leader – an exciting and ambitious new role for St Wilfrid’s. The role has been developed to offer retail and volunteer leadership opportunities and training.
Sales Assistant – We are looking for several volunteers to support with sales and the running of the shop. 


Join our young clinical volunteers program! Click here.

Get in touch now to apply for the September team.

Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare and looking for unique and meaningful work experience?

St Wilfrid’s Hospice runs a Young Clinical Volunteer (YCV) programme for 16 to 23 year olds that provides patient-facing experience and learning opportunities integral to the all-important personal statements and university interviews.

The YCV programme includes:

  • Initial Saturday training
  • one evening a week attendance, from 4pm to 8pm for six months
  • supporting Nurses and Healthcare Assistants on the Inpatient Unit
  • extensive training, and learning opportunities working towards the St
  • Wilfrid’s YCV Certificate incorporating the Care Certificate
  • support from a volunteer mentor
  • project work on hospice care
  • a final presentation evening

If you are in post 16 education (up to age 23) and interested in applying, please complete a YCV application form and return it to the hospice ASAP.

Download our application form for the Young Clinical Volunteer's program

For more information please contact Voluntary Services at 01323 434212 or via email to discuss potential opportunities.  

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