Our team of almost 1000 volunteers is implicit to the work of the Hospice of St Francis. They help to raise money, care for patients, welcome visitors, support families, highlight our work and keep everything running smoothly. Our volunteers go the extra mile and ensure that all of our patients and their loved ones receive ‘care and support when it matters most.’
If you would like to support the Hospice by volunteering, please complete an Application Form and send it to Voluntary Services or contact a member of the team to discuss volunteering: 01442 869550. (Volunteers under the age of 16 years need to complete this form.)
Here are just some of the things you can do:
Be the face of the Hospice by working in one of our wonderful charity shops or by becoming a Hospice Ambassador. We have 11 trading units, each of which are very different. Come and join our friendly team!
Care for patients by joining our Inpatient Unit, helping serve meals and drinks to patients and visitors, and providing a warm welcome for visitors at the front door.
Driving patients to and from the Hospice, using your car. Or join our team of minibus drivers.
Event Volunteers are essential for ensuring that our events run smoothly. Why not join in with one of our fundraising events; helping to promote the event through leafleting, stuffing envelopes, or as a marshal...learn new skills, meet people and have fun! (You can also visit our Fundraising page to find out how you could organise one of your own.)
Gardening We have beautiful grounds around the Hospice, but they take time to keep in check. Our gardening team meet weekly and work hard to keep the grounds looking wonderful and providing a haven for our patients.
Help behind the scenes Volunteers provide support behind the scenes in a number of areas: administration, eBay, finance, fundraising, ironing, reception and various other specialist areas.
Home Box Collectors support us by picking up home collection boxes from people in their area twice a year, Spring and Autumn, and delivering the boxes to the Hospice or to one of our shops. Volunteers don't need to do any cold-calling, the collections are from those who already choose to support us! In 2015, the scheme raised more than £50,000 for the Hospice.