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: St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Broadwater Way) or home visits.

When: 2-4 clients per week (weekends preferred or after school hours 4 to 7pm)

DBS: Enhanced with adult barring check required

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

Closing date: 27th September 2021

Interviews: Thursday 30th October 2021


About the role

As part of our Seahorse Project (supporting young people in their bereavement), we are looking for qualified counsellors or social workers with counselling experience to join our team. We offer 1:1 brief intervention support (typically a six session model) to any child/young person in our catchment area who may have been bereaved by suicide, sudden death, accidental deaths, illness or deaths of significant others.

Ideally you will have some experience or training in working with young people, however, training will be given.

Find out more about the Seahorse Project here

Your skills, abilities and qualifications: 

  • An accredited counselling qualification, (or to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling) or a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience
  • Experience of bereavement training (and some counselling hours)
  • Some experience working with children and young people
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially empathy and 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
  • Attend Seahorse Project meetings held bi-monthly

Apply and more information

If you have passion and commitment in supporting children aged 6 to 18 through their bereavement please complete the application form and return it by email, post, or drop it in next time you’re at the hospice before the closing date. 

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