What are the benefits of volunteering?
St. Rocco’s currently have over 650 volunteers. Volunteering is a lot of fun as well as being a great place to meet new people and make friends. Our volunteer opportunities enable you to learn new work based skills, boosting your CV. The donation of your time supports our work in providing free care to patients and supporting their families.
How much time am I expected to give?
We work flexibly with volunteers to fit the times they are available with the needs of the service. Some volunteers give a few hours once a year to help with fundraising events, others volunteer regularly each week in a specific role within a department, or in our shops. Volunteers need to be reliable, committed and dedicated to their role. This ensures that the highest levels of service and care are achieved.
How old do you need to be?
The minimum age to volunteer at the Hospice is 17 (i.e. after Year 12 for those wishing to work with patients). You can start in our shops at the age of 16; we also take Duke of Edinburgh volunteers in our shops, depending on availability.
Will I receive training?
All our volunteers receive training and an induction to a specific role; we will ensure that you are fully trained before you start your volunteering activity. Support is always available should you require it, however opportunities for support sessions will also be offered.
How do I apply?
Look at the roles we have advertised in the volunteer vacancy section of our website. You will see a role summary and the commitment required and can also download a more detailed description of the role. Link to volunteers vacancy page or call the Voluntary Services Team on 01925 575780.
What happens next?
Shops - we will pass your details directly to the link manager for your chosen shop, they will contact you to arrange an informal chat, if both parties are in agreement, an induction and start date will be arranged.
Hospice - we will contact you again as soon as we have received your references, to arrange an introductory visit and very informal interview to chat about your selected role, or any other roles within the Hospice. Please note that for some roles there may be a waiting list. We will then carry out the relevant pre-volunteering checks which are:
- Copy and check identification documents
- Enhanced or standard DBS check, dependant on role
Once we have successfully completed the pre-volunteering checks, role specific training will be arranged, followed by a start date.