Why Volunteer? | The Hospice of St. Francis

Why volunteer?

Our team of over 1,300 volunteers is implicit to the work of the Hospice of St Francis. 

They help to raise money, care for patients, welcome visitors, support families, highlight our work in the community and keep everything running smoothly.  Our volunteers go the extra mile and ensure that all of our patients and their loved ones receive ‘total care when time is precious.’

Would you like to give back?

You may want to volunteer in memory of a loved one or you could be wanting to support the local community.  Whatever the reason, get in touch to discuss volunteering and the kind of role you might like to do.

“The Hospice cared so wonderfully for my Mother. Volunteering lets me give something back.”

“I took early retirement from work. I initially joined the fundraising committee, progressed to my choice of gardening and then into the finance office as well! The voluntary work eased my path into retirement as I had no time for hobbies when working.”

“My role has given me a greater capacity to understand bereavement and the compassion to care.”

corporate group

Corporate Groups

If you are from an organisation that wishes to support the work of the Hospice, why not call us to find out how your team could help or see if there are opportunities for individual persons.

Bigger teams are welcome to do some gardening, prepare for Fundraising events or engage in our Trading work.  You can learn about the care provided, give support to one of the teams and any projects the Hospice may need assistance with and find out more about financially supporting the Hospice, directly funding patient care.  

If your company has a specialist skill or can offer to help the Hospice by providing your expert service, do get in touch with our Corporate Fundraiser.

Gain Experience

Volunteering at the Hospice of St Francis is a great way to gain work experience, build confidence and learn new skills.  

If you are looking for a career change and don’t quite know what to do, why not work with us to find a suitable volunteer role to learn more and enhance your skills. We have various opportunities and aim to support the community where we can.  

Volunteers learn about all aspects of The Hospice of St Francis which means that through volunteering with us, you can gain wider access to various career opportunities such as Nursing, Finance, HR, Trading & Merchandising, Marketing & PR, Music, and much, much more!

Some volunteers discover a hidden passion during their time with us, and we work closely together so volunteers have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of The Hospice of St Francis.

Volunteering is a also great opportunity to complete your Duke of Edinburgh award, discover a hidden passion, boost your CV and acquire references for future job applications. We can support pupils aged 14 and above in 10 of our retail outfits. Please contact the Shop Manager directly, to see if they have any spaces for Duke of Edinburgh students.



Introduction to Volunteering Sessions 

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? 

  • Learn what it's really like to volunteer for The Hospice of St Francis
  • Learn more about The Hospice and the care we give

Come along to on of our Introduction to Volunteering Sessions, we'd love to meet you!

  • Friday 23rd February, 2pm-3pm - At the Hospice
  • Friday 15th March, 11am-12pm - Virtual
  • Thursday 25th April, 2pm-3pm - At the Hospice
  • Thursday 9th May, 10.30am-11.30am - Virtual
  • Friday 31st May, 10am-11am - At the Hospice

If you'd like to attend let us know by; volunteering@stfrancis.org.uk

or call the Volunteer Development Team on: 01442 869550

Volunteering FAQs

What if my skills don't fit your list of volunteer roles?

How much time do I need to give?

Do I have to commit to a weekly role?

Will it cost me anything?

Can I do my Duke of Edinburgh award with the Hospice?

What training is involved?

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

What if I want to go on holiday?

Can I volunteer if I have a previous conviction?

Volunteering Opportunities

We have a wide range of roles for those who want to volunteer for the Hospice.

Find out more

Volunteer Stories

Read about some of our amazing volunteers

Read our volunteer stories

Year 11 or below

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

Apply here

Different Together

At The Hospice of St Francis we are not all the same and that is our greatest strength.

View our full Diversity Statement