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Volunteering with the Hospice makes a difference

We have over 365 dedicated volunteers in our team and between them they donate approximately 35,000 hours a year of their time. Their time saves the Hospice more than £350,000 every year in salary costs.

Where do I start?

If you love to help people and have time to spare, take a look at the list of vacancies at the bottom of this page and see what catches your eye, then contact our Volunteer Services Manager.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

Most of our volunteering roles do not require formal qualifications but you will need relevant skills or experience. Some of our volunteer roles require a driving licence and/or a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service). Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (dependent upon the volunteer role).

Will I need training?

All roles require mandatory training and depending on the role, you will be asked to attend training such as manual handling or food hygiene. This will be arranged in-house and dates and times will be communicated.

How much time do I need to give?

Some of our volunteering roles will need a regular commitment whilst some others can be more ad-hoc depending on when you are available and what you would like to do.

What next?

Your Volunteering Handbook

Our fantastic new Volunteer Handbook is now available for all new and existing volunteers to refer to, throughout their volunteer journey with the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Just click on the image to view/download a copy.

We are so happy you are here and want to be part of our volunteer team. The Handbook can be used as a guide that you can refer to throughout your volunteer journey with us. You will find information about our team and what we can do to support you.

Be part of something amazing!

The contribution that volunteers make is invaluable. We truly could not offer the support we do to our patients without their help.

Our volunteers are people of all ages and backgrounds who want to give back to their community, learn new skills and make friends along the way. Volunteers help us make our care extra special, our shops warm and welcoming, our events run smoothly and keep our gardens beautiful, to name just a few things. Whatever your experience and skills, we’ll help you find a volunteer role at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd that suits you.

Five reasons to volunteer with us

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It's Fun!

Whether it’s helping out in within the Hospice, with our fundraising team or in our retail shops we will have an opportunity for you.

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You'll Learn New Skills

They say we learn something new every day, and when you volunteer with us we make sure you have right skills to the job at hand. This is a great way to add new skills to your CV.

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You'll Work With A Great Team

Across the organisation you will meet and work with a team of professional and dedicated staff and volunteers – you’ll get to make new friends and work as part of a brilliant team.

It's Flexible

Volunteering is flexible. We ask that where possible you to do a regular shift of four hours every week or fortnight. You can do more if you wish. If you are unable to commit to a regular shift do please look at our volunteer requirements for our fundraising events as this is much more flexible with regards to time commitment.

You'll Be Making A Difference

The work that you do will be making a difference to the lives of local people who are living with a life limiting illness. Click here to learn more about how we help

Our Service User Group

Would you like to share your experiences and views about our hospice and help us improve and develop current and future services?

If YES, please join our Service User Group

What is a Service User Group?

Our Service User Group is a small group of people including patients, carers, friends and/or family members who come together to meet and discuss ways in which The Hospice of the Good Shepherd care is delivered and how it can be improved. Our aim is to ensure that the views and opinions of people whose lives have been affected by a life limiting condition are used for improving people’s care and for shaping future Hospice services.

Who can join?

Anyone who has experience of using our Hospice services as a patient, carer, friends and/or family members either currently or in the past 12 months are welcome to join.

When will the Service User Group meet and how often?

The Service User Group has been meeting since January 2020 in The Living Well Centre at the Hospice. The first meeting decided a number of factors, including how often to meet, topics to discuss, structure and so forth.

How to get involved?

If you’d like to find out more about joining and contributing to the Service User Group please contact Liz Taylor, Director of Clinical Services on 01244 851091 or email liz.taylor@hospicegs.com

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