Current Volunteering Opportunities

We are hoping to find skilled and willing volunteers to help with the volunteering opportunities below, supporting the wider work of the Hospice of St Francis and enabling us to deliver excellent services to all.

To apply for one of these exciting opportunities please click here to complete our online application.

Administration & I.T.

We need volunteers who are confident with computers and able to assist our teams on a regular basis.

  • Children's Bereavement Team (Supportive Care):  Our supportive care team need a volunteer to help with their administration.  This helper must have a good PC skills and be able to work as part of a team.  The volunteer will be asked to work with MS Office (e.g. making posters or updating records).
  • Photographer:  Our ebay team need someone who can take photos of donations and load them up to the computer.  Particular help is needed on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. 
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Charity Shops

Our shop volunteers work on a rota basis to fit in with their other commitments; this is usually one morning or afternoon each week, but we can offer some flexibility. Amongst other things, volunteers are needed to help sort and clean donations, champion our Gift Aid fundraising, keep the shop tidy, work on the till and provide excellent customer service.

If you would like to know more about what is involved, why not pop in to your local shop and have a chat with the Manager or a current volunteer; you can also find out when they have vacancies and pick up an application form.

We need extra support at weekends in Berkhamsted and in our St Albans shop during the week.

The locations of our retail units/shops can be found here.

Ebay - Listing / Photography

Our ebay team are looking for experienced ebay users to list and sell donated goods via the Hospice ebay site. If you love using ebay for selling goods, why not come and help for a few hours each week? The ebay team is a successful and busy, on-line department, maximising the value of our donations.  Volunteers help during the week, as part of a small team in Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted.  (We do require ebay-listers to be experienced in using ebay and have good written English.)

The ebay team are also recruiting volunteer photographers.  If you like taking photos for marketing and sales purposes and you're confident in using a computer, please get in touch.

Every volunteer helps to boost our fundraising for the Hospice.

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Our Communication Team make sure that all Hospice PR and marketing is up to scratch.  They ensure messaging is consistent and people know more about the work of the Hospice across our catchment area.  We now need a few volunteers who can help in the following areas:

  • Marketing: We’re looking for someone to help promote various events and activities across West Hertfordshire and Bucks. The role involves routine marketing tasks, creativity, suggesting new tactics to encourage increased participation at our events and developing an understanding of  the work and income need of the Hospice.
  • Digital Content: we’re looking for a confident copywriter for our digital communications. We need someone who can help us refine our new messaging on our website, on our supporter email communication and in our internal communications. With our 40th anniversary in 2019, this is an important time for the Hospice and we want to use this milestone to cut through the mass of news information online to engage with new and existing supporters through digital media.
  • 'Story tellers': Do you love people and writing stories? We are looking for a writer to join our team to help us create a story bank featuring the stories of our care and our heritage. With our 40thanniversary in 2019, there’s lots to share and you will be an integral part of the Communications and Marketing team. We’re looking for a self-starter and someone who can confidently interview supporters, patients, families and the public to learn their stories and write succinctly and engagingly to inspire others about the Hospice. Stories will be used across our communications and will feature in print, on our digital platforms including social media and around the Hospice.

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The Fundraising Team would love to hear from anyone who can help out a few times each year:

  • Homebox Collections - within the community, we have many supporters who collect pennies and pounds to help our work.  We have authorised volunteers, who collect these homeboxes within their own community, and bring them to the Hospice or to one of our shops.  Contact our Community Fundraising team for more information on where you could help: 01442 869555
  • Promoting and supporting events - putting up signs and posters in advance of an event, marshalling during the event, helping to welcome participants.  These volunteers help to run and structure the events better, keep participants safe and allow us to continue to raise money for our care services.

Click here to register as an event volunteer or marshal​

  • Hospice Ambassadors at local fetes - raising awareness of the work of the Hospice is just as valuable as fundraising and we can do both at local fetes, through working on a stall and sharing the work of the Hospice with those around.  With volunteers attending events on our behalf, we are reaching more people and helping the community to understand how the Hospice can help them.

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

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Inpatient Unit

Our volunteers welcome visitors to the Inpatient Unit and work with the kitchen and nursing teams to support patients.  Committing to one shift each month, this role is ideal for those who have little time but still want to give, anyone wanting to go into a healthcare or medical environment, people who work full time or part time, or anyone hoping to support patients - volunteers must be over 16 years of age.  Shifts run every day of the year from 8.30-10.30,10-2, 12-2.30, 2-6 and 6-8.  A DBS is required for this role

Gardening Volunteer

We have 7 acres of beautiful gardens, tended to and supported by our volunteers.  We need a few people who can join the team on a Tuesday morning.  There are various roles - some requiring strength, some flexibility and others just the willingness to get involved.

The garden team meet weekly, working hard to keep the grounds looking wonderful throughout the year, for our patients.


Reception Volunteer               (Emergency Cover)

Providing a warm welcome as people first arrive at the the Hospice, our Reception Team are professional, friendly, able to multi-task and support the smooth running of the organisation.

If you have experience working on Reception, we would love to hear from you.  Although we don't have a regular spot on the team, we are looking for someone who can cover shifts when they become available.

For more information on any of the above opportunities, please contact Voluntary Services or click below to apply online.  If you are in year 10 or below, please complete our young person application form.

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