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The award winning Islington Bereavement Service needs volunteers to support bereaved people. You don’t need any previous experience, just good communication and listening skills, empathy and flexibility.

Help others by:

  • offering companionship and a listening ear
  • providing emotional support
  • accompanying people for a coffee, a walk or on a local community visit
  • directing people to important services

What commitment do you need to give?

  • We anticipate 5 – 6 hours of your time per month
  • You need to attend a three-day induction training
  • This opportunity suits a longer commitment of 6 months or more

What is the benefit for you?

  • New skills and experience
  • Supervision and support
  • A reference on request
  • Travel expenses paid
  • Connecting with the community

Our next volunteer recruitment will be in early Autumn with interviews taking place a few weeks before the next training event.

Successful candidates will be invited to our 3-day training event scheduled for

Monday 11 March, Friday 15 March and Saturday 16 March 2024. Training will be from 9.45am – 4.30pm, lunch will be provided.

St Joseph’s Hospice and the Islington Bereavement Service celebrate the diversity of local communities and actively welcomes applications from people who reflect this diversity,  as well as people who speak locally spoken languages.

For more information please see our role description or contact us on 020 3317 5774 or email

If you have any questions or would like some help in completing the application form, please contact us on 020 8525 6032.


Real-life story:

Through our Islington Bereavement Service, volunteer Edgar was able to reach out to Eddie during his hour of need; following the loss of his Mum. Not only did Edgar support Eddie through the difficult time that Eddie was going through, but they have also formed a true friendship which blossomed out of their mutual love of music. Follow Eddie & Edgar’s story here.

Eddie And Edgar 2