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Volunteer with us


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at St Joseph’s Hospice

Patient care is at the heart of what we do at St Joseph’s Hospice and volunteers, by each bringing their own unique talents and skills, play an important role across all of the many services we provide.

We have tasks to suit everyone whatever your skills or interests

If you would like to join our fantastic team of volunteers, take a moment to explore our current opportunities and the variety of ways you can make a difference to the lives of our patients and community members:

Click here to Find out about our current volunteer opportunities and apply

What are the benefits of volunteering?

By helping us to help others, you could:

  • Support people who have a long-term condition or a terminal illness
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Feel valued and be part of a team
  • Learn new skills to add to your CV
  • Move towards making a career change
  • Share your specialist skills with others.

Did you know that as a volunteer..

  • You can claim travel expenses for your journeys to and from the hospice in TFL Zones 1-6
  • You are also entitled to a meal after volunteering for 3 hours, from our restaurant.


Click here to Find out about our current volunteer opportunities and apply

What do I need to know before applying?

The volunteer commitment: We ideally expect that you would be able to commit to a minimum of six months volunteering.

Volunteers would usually commit to 1 to 2 hours a week, however the frequency and times will vary depending on the role chosen, This may include attending group supervision & support or practice development meetings.

This is to ensure that volunteering at St Joseph’s is a meaningful experience and mutually beneficial relationship for patients, community members & volunteers.

Not got the time? Take look at our fundraising & one-off event roles.

The Volunteer Journey:

1. View our current opportunities, select a role & apply online.

2. Attend an Information Session: Find out more about the work of St 

St Joseph’s Hospice and go on a tour of our community spaces. Sessions last for two and a half hours and are held twice a month.

  • The third Monday of every month: Morning
  • The first Wednesday of every month: Evening

3. Complete the vetting procedures: all roles require references from someone outside of your family. If you are applying to work with patients you will also need to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

4. Meet with the Department: This is your chance to meet with someone from your chosen department so you can decide together if this is the role for you.

5. Attend a Core Training Session

As part of the application process you will be required to attend a core training session. This will cover subjects such as safeguarding, loss and grief, boundaries and emotional resilience. Core training will be held at the hospice once a month.

6. Attend a Volunteer Training Session: Depending on the role you apply for, this will be between one and 3 days in length. Training courses are held 4 to 6 times a year. For roles based in the community, please speak to your departmental contact (found on the role descriptions) for upcoming training dates.

7. You can now begin your volunteer role!

8. Ongoing support for volunteers: We offer our volunteers regular opportunities to come together and share and reflect on their experiences as well as engage in continued learning and development. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the volunteers team at volunteering@stjh.org.uk or 0208 525 6032 



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Volunteering at St Joseph's Hospice

By giving just a little of your time, just 3 hours a week, you really can help us make a big difference.

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