Volunteering with St Wilfrid's

Whether it's minutes or months, days or decades, every moment matters

Volunteers are at the heart of our hospice and play a vital role in everything we do. Without their time and generosity, we would not be able to provide our services to patients and their families.

We're always looking to welcome new faces to our amazing team. If you have some time to spare and would like to make a difference in your local community, we would love to hear from you. Click through the pages above to find out more.

Why not get involved?


Where:  Via secure online platform (Zoom) or via telephone contact

When: 2-4 clients per week

DBS: Enhanced with adult barring check required

Qualifications: An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (end of first year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.

Closing date: 26th February 2021

Interviews TBA week beginning: 15th March 2021


About the role

As part of our Bereavement service we are looking for bereavement support volunteers for our adult bereavement service. The bereavement service offers 1:1 brief intervention support (typically a 6 session model) to recently bereaved, including those who have not been previously known to hospice services

Your skills, abilities and qualifications: 

  • An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (first year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.
  • Experience of bereavement training (& some counselling hours)
  • Completed some working  online counselling training
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially empathy & sensitivity
  • Flexibility to respond to the needs of the service (including IT updates)
  • An awareness of the importance of client confidentiality

Key responsibilities:

  • Meet with allocated clients on a one-to-one basis
  • Follow-up administration
  • Participate in regular monthly supervision group meetings, in accordance with best practice
  • Attend the hospice organisational induction, and relevant initial training for the role, as organised by FSC and DPFS

Apply and more information

If you have passion and commitment in supporting people through their bereavement please complete the application form and write a cover letter including you answers to the questions below and return it by email or post. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Ella Williams on 01323 434257 or email [email protected]

Additional questions for your cover letter and role specification

  • What attracts you to hospice and bereavement work?

  • Looking at our values (compassionate, professional, progressive and respectful), how have you demonstrated these in your life?

  • How do you think people can benefit from bereavement support?

  • What have you learnt about yourself in your first year of training and how might that help you to support someone in their bereavement?

  • Have you completed any additional counselling workshops or training in a related field?

Click here to download the Bereavement Volunteer Support role specification