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. We support equal access and 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 APPLY for one of our exciting volunteer opportunities please complete our application form -

Click here to apply online

If you are in Year 10 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.

Admin Support & Drivers

Each Monday, we need Admin Support in our Inpatient unit, to complete the online shopping orders, make up menus for the week and do some basic administrative tasks for the kitchen team.  If you can help, please get in touch.

Drivers bring patients in for appointments, groups and exercise classes during the week.  This role has a flexible time commitment and provides a simple way for patients to access Hospice services who might otherwise be unable to get here.  Minibus Drivers support wheelchair users to get to the Hospice and must be between 25-70 years of age.  Training is provided where necessary.

Volunteer Driver


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ebay & Shops

We need support in our Berkhamsted and St Albans shops.

Shop volunteers need to be fit and work on a rota; usually one morning or afternoon each week, but we can be flexible. Tasks include sorting and cleaning donations, championing Gift Aid fundraising, organising the shop, working on the till and providing excellent customer service.

Pop into your local Hospice shop and have a chat with the Manager.  You can also find out when they have vacancies and pick up an application form.  The locations of our retail units/shops can be found here.

Ebay volunteers work on a rota basis and we particularly need help on Fridays - listing, packing, researching, measuring, etc.  Specialist knowledge areas we would like help with include books, fashion and music, helping to maximise the potential of online fashion sales and our vinyl & music shop.

Love to Create?  Our 'Creates & Makes' team at Returned to Glory are still welcoming volunteers to join the new Friday group, designing and making small gifts and household items (e.g. bags, cushions, lampshades, etc.) to be sold in our furniture showroom and beyond.

Vinyl specialist at Returned to Glory: If you love music and know your vinyl, we need you!  We have developed a music corner at our well-loved furniture showroom, and would like a volunteer to help manage the area by pricing and sorting the stock, and highlighting special purchases.

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Leafleting - Promoting & Supporting Events

With all our our events - both clinical and fundraising - we need to let our community know how they can get involved, sign up or support us!  If you can help by taking leaflets to communal areas in your vicinity, we would love to hear from you.  We are particularly keen to advertise our upcoming Dementia Event, on 1st May at Berkhamsted Civic Centre.  Please email volunteering@stfrancis.org.uk if you can help.


Homebox & Tub Collections - twice a year, 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.  The below towns/villages are where we specifically need help, or contact our Community Fundraising team for more information on other areas: 01442 869555

  • Berkhamsted 
  • Hemel Hempstead 
  • Tring

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Tub Collectors are also needed in specific areas, where they are asked to collect full tubs from local community hubs, such a pubs, centres, shops and groups.  

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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.

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.

General Marshal Shot


We have a fantastic team of gardeners who maintain and develop the 7 acres of grounds around the Hospice building, ensuring that there are flowering plants throughout the year, and the space is able to support rehabilitation of patients.  We are keen to find a gardener to join this busy team.

Counting Money - Regular Cashier

Counters make sure our monetary donations are correctly documents and donors are thanked as quickly as possible.  Volunteers need to be numerate and able to work within the small Finance Team at the Hospice.

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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. We are currently looking for more helpers for afternoon and weekend shifts.

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Ironing & Housekeeping Volunteer

If you are keen on ironing, this is the role for you!  Nothing beats freshly ironed sheets and we need a few helpers to lighten the load... literally!  The role involves working within our Inpatient Unit; ironing, keeping fresh laundry stocked up, supporting the Inpatient Unit staff and occasionally making up small vases of flowers.

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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 10 or below, please complete our Young Person Application Form.


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