Volunteering for St Leonard's

 
There are 250 volunteers in the Hospice, and a further 430 who help in our shops and at fundraising events. Each one plays a vital role in helping us provide the highest standard of care for patients and their families.

Roles supporting patients and families

Registered nursing
Reception
Helping on the wards with catering
Driving (fuel allowance is offered)
Flower care
Helping in the Sunflower Centre with social activities
Hairdressing
Complementary Therapy
Spiritual care support
Bereavement support
Entertainment
Volunteer Visitor
 
Supporting roles
 
Gardening
Kitchen assistance
Housekeeping
Secretarial help
IT

Fundraising roles

Fundraising volunteering is one of the most flexible ways to volunteer at St Leonard’s. You can choose to help us on a regular basis or just at occasional events. There is also scope to help during evenings and weekends, so if you need to fit your voluntary work around other daytime commitments, then this could be the best match for you.

Here are some ways you can help:
  • Give short talks about St Leonard's 
  • Represent the Hospice and collect cheques on our behalf 
  • Deliver and pick up collection boxes
  • Help with street or store collections
  • Help with fundraising events
  • Assist with administrative tasks
Retail roles

If you would like to volunteer in one of our shops or sort through goods in the Donation Centre, you will be joining a dedicated, hardworking and committed team. The work is very rewarding and never dull! Don’t worry if you have never worked in a shop before - we have many volunteers who are not from a retail background. Our retail volunteers have ranged from 14 year olds completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, through to a 92 year old. 

Skills and training 
 
Induction and practical training is given to each new volunteer to ensure roles are carried out safely and effectively. As well as learning new skills, you will:
  • be part of a highly valued team; 
  • use your existing skills and experience;
  • enjoy the fun, laughter and sense of community;
  • make friends and meet lots of new people.

Volunteering can also lead to new employment opportunities or give people the confidence to change direction in their career.

Volunteer requirements

As a St Leonard's Hospice volunteer, you need to be:
  • cheerful
  • reliable
  • sensible
  • enthusiastic
  • willing to learn 
  • 18 or over to be a Hospice volunteer
  • 16 or over to be a Fundraising or Retail volunteer
If you would like to volunteer in one of the more specialised roles such as a nurse, driver or therapist, you require the neccessary qualifications and skills. Please note you should wait at least a year after bereavement before volunteering.
 
To get the most out of volunteering, ideally we ask you to help 2-4 times a month for at least several months. If you are unable to volunteer on the same day each week, that’s no problem - we can ask you to fill in when others are away.
 
Applying to become a volunteer
 
Please view our current vacancies here and to register your interest in future posts please click here. Alternatively, call the Volunteers Department on 01904 777765 or email volunteers@stleonardshospice.nhs.uk to book an appointment.  If we think we have the perfect role for you, you will be invited for an informal chat and a look round and the application process will be explained in more detail.

Our volunteers play a huge part in our organisation and without them we could not do what we do.