• Retail volunteers needed

    Retail volunteers needed

    Could you spare a few hours a week or a month to help in one of our shops?

    Retail volunteers provide general shop assistance and carry out duties such as using the till, sorting, pricing, displaying and selling mainly donated goods.

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    We have scores of current vacancies.

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Latest volunteer vacancy

Administrator - Fundraising

Administrator - Fundraising
To provide administrative support to the Income Generation and Marketing Team

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Volunteer in our shops

Volunteer in our shops

More than half of our volunteers help in our 26 shops. Without them our shops would not be able to open and raise funds for the Hospice. We also rely on retail drivers to distribute stock.

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Featured volunteer

Featured volunteer

Shop Volunteer, Joan Read, said: "My regular work in the shop is a lifesaver and my shifts give me the independence and confidence I need. It's a pleasure to work here."

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We are lucky to have more than 1,100 volunteers at St Elizabeth Hospice. They range in age from 16 to 95 and contribute in a variety of ways across all our departments, and in the local community. Over half of our volunteers support our shops and Retail Centre. All our volunteers play a vital part in the work of the Hospice.

Other roles include:

  • Manning the reception desk
  • Helping on our Inpatient Units 
  • Co-ordinating creative activities for Day Care patients
  • Complementary therapy for patients and their carers
  • Helping the catering team 
  • Helping out at Hospice organised events, as well as third party events
  • Maintaining the beautiful Hospice garden
  • Hairdressing
  • Driving – either patients or ensuring our shops are well stocked
We welcome individuals as well as groups from local organisations or businesses who wish to donate their time and skills.

Volunteering is a way to:

  • Make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Increase confidence
  • Gain experience in a work environment
  • Use the valuable skills you already have
  • Make a difference

Why it’s important

By donating their precious time and valuable skills, our volunteers saved us an incredible £1.01million in the last year, money which we can use to support our patients and their families and carers. Between them, our volunteers contribute more than 2,000 hours of work a week.