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You make the difference

More than 450 people give their time generously as volunteers for us. It enables us to serve our local community and we couldn’t do what we do without them. They support us in so many ways.

We need volunteers to help us in a range of roles across our organisation, in:

  • Clinical - helping in our Inpatient Unit, working in the Hospice and in the community supporting patients and their families
  • Corporate and Fundraising - helping with administration and reception, supporting our corporate functions including HR, Finance, Facilities and Communications; supporting our Fundraising team at events and with bucket collections 
  • Retail - supporting staff in our charity shops; taking goods to and from our charity shops

Even if you have just a couple of hours to spare each week, your time will make a huge difference to us and volunteering brings so many benefits.

You can see more information about the volunteer vacancies we have, here. Or, for an informal chat and to register your interest, call 01923 330 330 and ask to speak to our Volunteer Manager.

For more information about Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, please click here.

Frequently asked questions

There are many and varied reasons why people choose to volunteer for us: some have a personal connection with the Hospice and want to give something back; some want to contribute to their local community; some want to use their skills and abilities in a new environment and some want to meet new people. For most it’s usually a combination of reasons. Whatever your reason for considering volunteering, your support will be invaluable to us.

From age 14 - if you are on a Duke of Edinburgh scheme, you can volunteer in one of our shops and be a part of our Retail team who play a crucial role in generating vital income so we can deliver our services. For more information about volunteering as part of your Duke of Edinburgh scheme, please click here.

From age 16 - you can volunteer in our shops, in office support roles, at events as part of the Fundraising team. You will need a work permit, which we apply for, contact us for more details.

From age 17 – you can also support patients in some roles in our Inpatient Unit and Starlight Outpatient services.

At age 18 – In addition, you can also be involved in our Herts Neighbours service which provides additional practical and emotional support to individuals and their families within their home or care setting.

Some roles, however, may have additional restrictions depending on the activities and/or responsibilities, such as insurance provisions for volunteer van drivers.

There is no upper age limit. The role profile will say what the minimum age is so you’ll know when applying but, if you are unsure, please contact us

Any time you give really does make a big difference. There’s a variety of roles available and the time commitment can vary – some are for shorter periods of time and some require a commitment over months. So, it’s important you know about how much time you are able to give. The role profile will give you more information.

If you can’t find something to suit your availability straight away, please still apply, telling us your interests and skills and when you can volunteer and we will contact you with some options.

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Each and every volunteer makes a huge difference - enabling us to deliver our free services
All our services are free and our aim is to help you achieve the best quality of life possible.
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