We have many different volunteer roles at the hospice to suit different people and we have a volunteer induction process in place to support you to find the right role. Some roles are always open for applications and some are recruited at specific times throughout the year. You can find out more information about specific volunteer projects and areas we are specifically recruiting to on our Current Opportunities page.

Finding the right role for you….

The Host Role:
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The role with the greatest number of volunteers at the hospice is the host role and it reflects our view of volunteers as the lifeblood of our 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 Street Café, on the Inpatient unit and the Wellbeing Centre providing a friendly smile and listening ear whilst carrying out vital support tasks which means no day is ever the same.

Specialist roles:
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We welcome volunteers with specific skill sets in areas such as clinical administration, hair and beauty, complementary therapy and more. We even have a team of volunteers offering bereavement support as well as a volunteer patient transport service.

Looking for volunteer experience to help with your future career?

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We run a Young Clinical Volunteer (YCV) Programme for 16-23 year olds interested in a career in medicine or healthcare. This is a six month structured volunteer programme working towards the YCV Certificate incorporating the Care Certificate standards and we run two programmes a year, one starting in March and one in September.

Support roles:
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We have role supporting vital work in fundraising, administration and in the garden to name a few. We will work with you to find the best fit.

Event volunteering
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Want to volunteer but don’t have time for a regular commitment? St Wilfrid’s runs a number of community events throughout the year and we are always looking for people to help with stewarding and supporting the event. If you have seen a specific event that you would like to volunteer for then please let us know or alternatively, let us know if you would like to be added to the list of supporters so we can contact you as we approach upcoming events nearer to the time.

Volunteering in the retail company:
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St Wilfrid’s Hospice retail company works hard to support the hospice and we offer a diverse range of flexible roles.

We have shops in Eastbourne, Uckfield, Heathfield, Seaford and Hailsham each with their own unique character. We’re proud to be part of the communities we serve.

Sorting Centre, Eastbourne:

In our sorting centre we are looking for people to help us to process our donations, unearth hidden gems and  assist the team with Gift Aid and telephone enquiries.

The van team:

Our van team keeps us up and running supporting the van drivers with our deliveries and collections

Our charity shops:

We are always on the look out for sales and merchandising assistants in our shops, as well as social media gurus and administrative magicians. Help keep us looking our best, learn to use the tills and spread the word. Join the retail team and support the local hospice by selling quality preloved goods.


Together, we'll find a role with your name on it.

Exciting new opportunities will be arriving soon - If you've got a question ask our amazing voluntary services team or read about the experiences of other volunteers!