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Current Volunteering Opportunities

“Everyone has a talent that gets better for using it and the Hospice needs all the talents.”

Pam MacPherson, Founder of The Hospice of St Francis

We are looking for skilled and willing volunteers to help with our volunteer opportunities below, supporting the wider work of The Hospice of St Francis. We support equal access and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.  Many opportunities are available to people who are improving their English, and we encourage applications from people who might have English as a second language.

To find out more about these roles please contact

Or to APPLY for one of our exciting volunteer opportunities please complete our application form -

Click here to apply online

If you are in Year 11 or below, please complete our Young Person Application Form.

If you would prefer to complete a paper application, or would like to discuss volunteering before registering with us, please contact us by phone: 01442 869550. 

Find out what our volunteers think of volunteering here and via our blog here


Different Together

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At The Hospice of St Francis we are not all the same and that is our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think.

That means we are always recruiting to increase our diversity. Because to enable us to care for everyone, means we believe in including everyone.

View our full Diversity Statement


Volunteering Open Morning

Date: Saturday 27th January 2024 10.30am-12noon

Venue: The Hospice of St Francis, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted

New year, new challenge? Have you been thinking about volunteering?  Are you looking for a voluntary role that right at the heart of your community?  Are you looking to meet new people or learn new skills? - Come along to our January open morning, we'd love to meet you!

  • Find out about current volunteering opportunities 
  • Chat with staff & volunteers - to find out what it's like to volunteer with us!
  • Learn more about The Hospice and the care we give

If you'd like to attend let us know by;

or call the Volunteer Development Team on: 01442 869550


TikTok Volunteer

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Location: Offices, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted 

Hours: Variable (but ideally Tuesday's & Friday's throughout the summer)

We are looking for a volunteer to assist us with developing our TikToK account.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable speaking on camera, and will be interested in social media trends.

Enthusiasm and curiosity to learn more about the staff, volunteers and patients at the Hospice is essential.

Ability to use editing programmes such as CapCut or InShot is useful but not essential.



Admin Volunteers

Admin"Everyone is so friendly and appreciates what I do.” – Admin Volunteer

Location: Offices, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted & remote working.

Hours: Variable 

If you have strong admin skills we'd love to hear from you. We have a variety of admin roles available across the organisation supporting short term project as well as regular admin tasks.

Interested in finding out more?  Please get in touch!



M&GIPU Meet & Greet Volunteers

 "I like being the first point of connection. A warm smile at the door to welcome anyone and everyone at what can sometimes be a difficult time to some..." Meet & Greet Volunteer

Location: Inpatient Unit, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted

Hours: Shift patterns are: 9am-1pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-7pm - 7 days a week

Join our successful, growing team of volunteers who are dedicated in providing a warm & friendly welcome to visitors coming into our Inpatient Unit. 

If you have good communication and active listening skills, with a willingness to enhance the visitor experience we’d love to hear from you.

Full training provided and a DBS is required for this role.


Housekeeping Volunteers

"I feel part of something, I love it, I love coming here" - Housekeeping Volunteer 

Location: Inpatient Unit, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted

Hours: Flexible, approx. a couple of hours at a time.

Our Housekeeping Volunteers support the IPU team by adding those finishing touches to enhance the environment in the IPU  – including bedrooms and shared areas.

The key tasks for this varied role include: 

  • To be responsible for the extra touches to enhance the environment through the IPU area for example tidying of communal areas.
  • To assist nursing team to prepare and dress rooms ready for admission.
  • Ironing using both a hand iron and sheet ironing equipment.

What's in it for you?

  • A rewarding experience
  • The opportunity to work independently and part of a team.
  • An opportunity to have a positive impact on patients and visitors

Full training given, a DBS will be required for this role.​

Inpatient Unit - Kitchen Volunteers IPU

“Since helping at the Hospice of St Francis I feel as though my life has been much enriched” – IPU Volunteer

Location: Inpatient Unit, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted

Hours: Shift pattern are: 10am-1.30pm, 1.00pm-4.30pm & 6.00pm-7.30pm - 7 days a week.

IPU Volunteers provide support to the kitchen staff by delivering meals and snacks to patients, collecting used crockery from patient rooms and washing up all staff & patient crockery and cutlery.  Volunteers in this role also provide a warm welcome to visitors when required. This allows catering staff to concentrate on food preparation, and nursing staff to concentrate on patient care. 

Full training provided. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.




“Bright, lively and a fun place to work with a brill people.” – Shop Volunteer

We are looking for committed volunteers to help in our shops.  We are particularly looking for volunteers in the following shops:

Marshalswick - Saturday & Sunday mornings

Highfield - Tuesdays - AM & PM (Till)

Chapter Two - Saturday & Sunday mornings

Berkhamsted - Saturday PM (Sorting)

Amersham - Saturday afternoon

Kings Langley - Saturdays

All our shops are in the heart of the community.  If you are looking for a fun role, to learn new skills and to work within a fantastic team then shops have the volunteer roles for you!

Shop volunteers need to be fit and work to a rota; usually one morning or afternoon each week, but we can be flexible. Tasks are incredibly varied but all require a commitment to the Hospice values.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles pop into one of the shops for a chat with the shop manager or complete our online application form.

2022-FEB-HOSPICE-ST-FRANCIS-MARKETING-77Receptionist - 6 month voluntary role

(half a day a week)

“Everyone is so friendly and appreciates what I do.” – Admin Volunteer

Our receptionists provide a professional, warm and helpful welcome to visitors to the Hospice and those contacting the Hospice by telephone.

This role provides the opportunity to  develop skills such as customer service, switchboard operation, prioritising tasks, message taking.

Full training and support is provided.

This role would suit someone looking to return to work & improve your skills in an office/ reception/ customer service environment. 

DriverIPU Drivers

Location: To and from the Inpatient Unit, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted.

Hours: Ad-Hoc

Our fantastic team of drivers support the Inpatient Unit by collecting prescriptions from local pharmacy's, collecting blood from hospitals and other ad-hoc collections and pick ups for us throughout the local area.  

Full training and support is provided. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.




Events Crew

"I love helping at events, there is such a sense of camaraderie" - Event Volunteer

Supporting our events has something for everyone! With roles based at our community events and mass participation events there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in a fun, memorable event experience.

Event support volunteers help our events by marshalling, welcoming participants, setting up and stewarding.

Our volunteers help to run and structure the events better, keep participants safe and allow us to continue to raise money for our care services.

Register as an event volunteer or marshal​

Each role requires a different level of commitment, so please get in touch if you think you can help.

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For more information on any of the above opportunities, please contact Voluntary Services or click below to apply online.  If you are in year 11 or below, please complete our Young Person Application Form.


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