Why volunteer?

People volunteer for many different reasons; to make a positive impact on their local community, to meet new people, if they have a bit of time on their hands or if they are thinking about a career change and want to gain some experience. 

Whatever your reasons, we will find a role to suit you. There are many to choose from at St Joseph’s Hospice. 

If you are interested in catering our Five Sisters Café could be the role for you or how about front of house, greeting people at reception. If your passion is retail then grab a few shifts in our Five Sisters Charity shop, it’s just over the road. Or you could go out and shake a bucket, it’s up to you. 

Volunteering in the community

We also do a lot of our work in the community and our Compassionate Neighbours programme is a popular choice for volunteers who wish to give their time to those who are perhaps socially isolated and nearing the end of life. We will train you and match you with someone who has similar interests and lives near to you.

We offer counselling placements in our Bereavement Services in Hackney and Haringey or you could provide emotional support to people by joining our Islington Bereavement service.

Our Namaste Care Service is a support programme designed to improve the quality of life for people living with advanced dementia and their families. Once  you have completed your training you will be able to provide Namaste care to people in their own homes or place of residence in the community.

Our volunteer leads will provide full training and support for all of these roles.

Our volunteers are a vital cog in keeping the Hospice wheels turning and we are always looking for new people to join us. 

Our volunteers give us a massive 50,000 hours of their time each year, and without them, we couldn’t do what we do. 

If you are aged between 16-17 there are opportunities to volunteer at our jumble sales or one of our shops. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience, learn new skills and improve social skills; all volunteering experience helps when it comes to applying for jobs, apprenticeships or higher education. 

There are many benefits to volunteering , it’s an opportunity to make new friends, to use your existing skills or learn new ones. We also provide expenses and a reference after six months volunteering. 

Don’t worry if you’re not sure at first, full training and support is given to all our volunteers. 

Join us

We are currently looking for volunteers of all ages and skills so if you would like to join our fantastic team of volunteers, please call 0208 525 6032 or email volunteering@stjh.org.uk to find out more.

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St Joseph's Hospice has a long tradition of volunteering, going back to 1905 when we first opened our doors. Today we have more than 40 different roles and around 600 volunteers, working in different areas of the Hospice and in the community.