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Volunteer with us

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for St Joseph’s Hospice!

We have a lot of work to do in caring for our patients, their families and carers and we rely on volunteers to help us in many ways. Approximately 500 generous volunteers give their time and skills to support our work, carrying out a wide range of roles; from support & companionship, to helping in the gardens.

We have tasks to suit everyone whatever your skills or interests…

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.

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

We do not except general volunteering applications so please read the role descriptions and state which specific role you are interested in when applying.

Can’t currently see a role you’re interested in? We post new roles all the time, so keep checking our website for updates!

What are the benefits of volunteering?
There are many benefits to volunteering which explains why most of our volunteers have been helping us for years. 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

  • Help busy members of staff

  • Learn new skills to add to your CV

  • Move towards making a career change

  • Share your specialist skills with others.

Whether you’re retired, on a sabbatical or can only help a few hours per week, volunteering at St Joseph’s Hospice is easy.

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

What do I need to know before applying?

The volunteer commitment: We ask that you be able to commit to a minimum of six months volunteering for at 5-6 hours a month. Depending on your role, 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 roles such as Bucket Collector Champion & Events Squad

The Volunteer Journey:

View our current opportunities, select a role & complete an online application

1. Attend an Information Session: Find out more about the work of St Joseph’s Hospice and go on a tour of our community spaces. Sessions last for two hours and are held twice a month.

  • The third Monday of every month: Morning*

  • The first Wednesday of every month: Evening*

*Subject to change.

2. Complete the vetting procedures: all roles require a personal reference from someone outside of your family. If you are applying to work with patients you will also need to complete a DBS check.

3. Arrange an informal interview: This is your chance to meet with someone from your chosen department so you can decide together if this is the role for you.

4. 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.

5. You can now begin your volunteer role!

6. 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. 



PLEASE NOTE: you will need to complete the above process within 3 months of applying. Please consider whether you can attend an info sessions and training date within the 3 month time limit before applying for a role:



TRAINING DATE (In-hospice roles only)

Thursday 11th January: Evening

Monday 22nd January: Morning

Thursday 1st February: Evening

Monday 19th February: Morning


Thursday 8th March: Day: 7hrs + lunch


Thursday 1st March: Evening

Monday 19th March: Morning

Thursday 5th April: Evening

Monday 16th April: Morning


Friday 11th May: Day: 7hrs + lunch

Thursday 3rd May: Evening

Monday 14th May: Morning

Thursday 7th June: Evening

Monday 18th June: Morning


Thursday 12th July: Day: 7hrs + lunch

Thursday 5th July: Evening

Monday 16th July: Morning

Thursday 2nd August: Evening

Monday 20th August: Morning


Saturday 15th Sept: Day: 7hrs + lunch

Thurs 6th September: Evening

Mon 17th September: Morning

Thursday 4th October: Evening

Monday 15th October: Morning

Thursday 1st November: Evening


Thursday 8th November: Day: 7hrs + lunch





Islington Bereavement Service: email islingtonbereavement@stjh.org.uk

Empowered Living Team: Email Ameena Rahman a.rahman@stjh.org.uk

Compassionate Neighbours: https://www.stjh.org.uk/volunteer-opportunity/compassionate-neighbours

Namaste Care Service: Email the Namaste team: namaste@stjh.org.uk

Carers Service: Email Joanna Bedford at : j.bedford@stjh.org.uk


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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.

We would like to hear from you