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Volunteering: How you can help

How much time?

Volunteers Whitecross shop

Ideally, we like volunteers to be able to commit to at least four hours per week or fortnight. However, even if you are unable to make a regular commitment you could become a floating or relief volunteer covering for holidays or sick leave. Events volunteers operate on an as-and-when basis, which suits some people more.

Confidentiality and Training

Everyone who works in and for the Hospice, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, is bound by a professional rule of confidentiality and must not discuss patient details outside the Hospice. Volunteers are also required to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check because some roles involve regular contact with vulnerable adults. Training is given to all volunteers at the start of their time at St Michael’s. Mandatory training, for example fire procedures, also needs to be undertaken.

Volunteer Options

The Hospice simply could not survive without the help and support provided by the 850 volunteers who give their time and energy so selflessly. St Michael’s volunteers take on a huge variety of roles and responsibilities, including:

  • Administration/Clerical
  • Spiritual Care
  • Fundraising
  • Home making
  • Driving
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance/Handymen
  • Librarians
  • Receptionists
  • Shop Assistants
  • Support Groups
  • Social Care
  • Kitchen Assistants
  • Support Services
  • Complementary Therapists
  • Hairdressers
  • Events Assistants

How to become a volunteer

If you would like to volunteer for St Michael’s Hospice in any capacity, please get in touch with us on 01432 851000, we would be delighted to hear from you or to download the volunteer form click here.

For more details on any of the volunteer roles at the Hospice, please call Stephen Rabbitts, Head of Support Services or his secretary on 01432 851000.

If you would like to volunteer specifically in one of our Charity Shops, please contact Nicola Wood, Head of Retail & Trading on 01432 851000, for further information about helping in our shops please click here.

If you are a Young Volunteer please click here.

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Current volunteer vacancies

I needed to get out of the house so decided to volunteer. I was worried that St Michael’s would be a sad, whispering place but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s a lovely place with a great atmosphere – I love being part of a team and meeting so many different people.

Day Hospice Volunteer
(6 Hours per week)

I thought about becoming a volunteer for 12 months before I actually applied. The people are really nice and it feels so good to be giving some benefit to patients and their families. Also, it really makes me appreciate my lot in life.

Complementary Therapist
(3 hours per week)

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St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree, Hereford, HR1 4HA

Registered charity number: 511179