Volunteer

St Michael's Hospice simply couldn't operate without our team of volunteers

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to support your Hospice. It’s also an opportunity to meet new people.
St Michael’s Hospice just couldn’t survive without the help and support provided by its 900 volunteers.

What roles are available?
Our volunteers take on a huge variety of roles and responsibilities throughout the Hospice. They include;
• Homemaker (read a Homemakers story here)
• Receptionist
• Reader/sitter
• Hospice at home
• Lottery collector or canvasser
• Complementary therapist (read a Complimentary Therapist’s story here)
• Fundraising/events support
• Shop/warehouse assistant
• Driver
• Handyman/gardener
• Kitchen assistant
• Counsellor
• Listening service volunteer

What if I would like to do something that isn’t listed?
That’s no problem. The above list is just a guide to some of the things you can do to help St Michael’s. If you have a skill or particular expertise and you’d like to volunteer, please do get in touch: we’d be delighted to hear from you.

How many hours would I be expected to give?
Ideally, we like our 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 better.

Can I start straight away?
There can sometimes be a short waiting list for some positions. However, there are always jobs you can do in other areas, for example Fundraising and Events or in one of our Hospice shops.
I’m under 18. Can I still volunteer?
Yes. Volunteering at St Michael’s is a great way to meet people and gain valuable experience to help you in later life.
If you are under 18, there is a lot you can do to support St Michael’s.
Although most roles involving patient care require you to be over 18, you can volunteer as a homemaker if you are 17.
Under 17s are welcomed in our Hospice shops and warehouses to work as retail volunteers.
If you are aged between 14 and 17, you can also volunteer in Fundraising by helping at one of our events.
Under 14s are also able to volunteer at an event if they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In addition, St Michael’s Hospice offers a variety of work placement opportunities.
Please contact the Education Team if you are interested in work experience here at the Hospice.

Is there anything else I should know?
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 DBS check, as 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.

How do I apply to be a volunteer?
You can download an application form here.
If you wish to volunteer in a shop or warehouse, please complete a retail volunteer application form. You can also pop into any of our shops or warehouses and pick up a form there.
For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer, please contact Stephen Rabbitts on 01432 851 000.