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?

One patient’s husband said that ‘Wellbeing is not just about medicine or medical treatments – it’s about feeling good about yourself.’ 

Our in-hospice hair and beauty salonStreets Ahead and complementary therapy treatmentswhich include aromatherapy, Reiki, massage and reflexology form an important part of the whole-person approach to patient care at St Wilfrid’s, helping patients to feel better on both the inside and the outside. 

We would not be able to deliver many of these services without the generous support of the qualified hairdressers, beauty therapists and complementary therapists who donate some of their free time each week to help patients feel fantastic at a vulnerable time and we are urgently looking for volunteers to join our team. 

Lisa has been volunteering at Streets Ahead since it opened four years ago. She is a hairdresser and barber who volunteers for two hours every two weeks: 

‘I find volunteering at St Wilfrid’s very rewarding, it makes you appreciate your own life. I have met some amazing, inspirational people, some of whom I have become very close to.

Volunteering here has made me less fearful of what a hospice is and represents and has made me realise what an amazing place St Wilfrid’s is, where patients are able to focus on being able to live.

‘It is not a depressing place, but has a very friendly, warm feel. I believe if people have never been to a hospice they should pay a visit, and have a coffee and cake in the café, because they will see that there is nothing to be afraid of. The hospice has a wonderful feeling of community you will definitely want to come back!’

We are seeking qualified hairdressers and beauty therapists with a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy to deliver a range of treatments. Hours are flexible. 

Visit here to apply to be a volunteer hairdresser. 
Visit here to apply to be a volunteer beauty therapist. 

Kate is a self-employed complementary therapist who delivers treatments on the hospice’s Inpatient Unit to help patients relax and to relieve some of the physical and mental stresses that come with a serious illness: 

Before I joined St Wilfrid’s Hospice as a volunteer I had been working happily on my own as a complementary therapist for many years, but had begun to feel that there was an element missing in my work.

Since joining the St Wilfrid’s team, both my mind and my work have opened up considerably! It is such a privilege to treat both the patients on the ward and outpatients – and to take therapy work to a far deeper level.

‘Sometimes a therapy session can be an opportunity for the patient to share some cheerful chat and reminiscences whilst enjoying their massage. At other times, no words could – or need – to be said, and just a light and gentle touch can – hopefully – soothe and comfort the patient at a crucial time.

‘The other privilege of being a volunteer is to enjoy the pleasures of teamwork. Being self-employed has many advantages, but it is especially uplifting to come into St Wilfrid’s and find so many friendly people and all with the common aim of supporting the hospice in its work. Also, being able to discuss each patient’s needs with the Complementary Therapy team is a great way to enhance learning and practice. 

‘It’s the best thing I've ever done!’

We are seeking volunteers holding a recognised qualification at Level 3 or equivalent in massage (please note for acupuncture you do not need to hold a massage qualification) with at least six months’ experience. We are looking for a commitment of three hours per week that fits around you: shifts are available during the daytime, evenings and at the weekends. 

Visit here to apply to be a complementary therapy volunteer.