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.  Find out what our volunteers think of volunteering here.

To apply for one of our exciting volunteer opportunities please CLICK HERE to complete our online application.

If you are in year 10 or below, please complete our young person application form.


The Hospice is seeking new trustees. 

As an organisation, we have a strong commitment to diversity in all areas and we are interested in hearing from candidates who would assist the Hospice in demonstrating its values of diversity, engagement, sustainability, learning and innovation.

We support equal access and and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences,  abilities and perspectives.

For an informal discussion, please contact Marie Wilson, Head of HR: 01442 869557 or click here for further information.

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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.  (Our shops are based in Abbots Langley, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead Kings Langley and St Albans.)

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.


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:

  • '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 or joining our emergency rota, 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

Ironing Volunteer

If you are keen on ironing, this is the role for you!  Each week, we launder over 40 sheets and various clothing items for our patients.  Nothing beats freshly ironed sheets and we need a couple of helpers to come in each week and help to lighten the load... literally.  The role involves working within our Inpatient Unit, as part of our Housekeeper team.


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.

Rehabilitation Volunteers

Volunteers will support Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy rehabilitation groups for patients; setting up the room, welcoming people as they arrive, helping attendees to access community activity groups, clearing up and working with the facilitator to create a safe and therapeutic environment.

If you have an interest in exercise and rehabilitation or experience in group work and enablement, please send us a paragraph explaining why you would like to volunteer in this role: volunteering@stfrancis.org.uk


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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