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.

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.

Find out what our volunteers think of volunteering here.

Creative Administrator

We are looking for a keen helper to work in our Children's Team, helping to design and create posters, leaflets and support the general administration of organising meetings.  This person will need to be PC literate and organised.

Weekend Reception

Volunteers answer the phone, welcome visitors to the Inpatient Unit and help the unit to run smoothly and efficiently.  The role requires a commitment of one morning each month and occasional help during bank holidays.  An understanding of confidentiality is vital as well as an empathetic and excellent telephone manner.

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ebay & Shops

We need support in Berkhamsted and in our St Albans shops.

Shop volunteers work on a rota; usually one morning or afternoon each week, but we can be flexible. There are various tasks but mostly we need fit people to join the fun and friendly teams.  Volunteers sort and clean donations, champion our Gift Aid fundraising, organise the shop, work on the till and provide 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 a Friday - listing, packing, researching, measuring, etc.  Specialist knowledge areas we would like help with are books, fashion and music, helping to maximise the potential of online fashion sales and our vinyl & music shop.

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.


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.  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

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​

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

Ironing Volunteer

If you are keen on ironing, this is the role for you!  Each week, we launder over 40 sheets and various clothing & bedding 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.  Weekends preferred.


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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