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Volunteer to help at the hospice
There are many ways in which you can help us at the hospice, by providing just a little of your time.
Helping out at the hospice is a great way to give something to the community of Warrington and meet new people. For the young, volunteering can be a life-changing experience and provides a valuable boost to your CV.
Would you like to help?
If you’d like to help, we’d love to hear from you. Special skills aren’t needed, as we provide on-the-job training – but you should have an outgoing nature and enjoy working as part of a team. We also like to hear from people who have specific skills – perhaps counselling, for example.
How would I help?
There’s a fair range of things which always need doing at the hospice. These include:
- working on reception.
- helping with the coordination of fundraising activities.
- driving patients to and from the hospice.
- helping at events.
- support services (being one of our messengers, undertaking maintenance or gardening).
- administrative and clerical support.
- helping out on the wards.
How much time will it take?
We try to be flexible, to ensure that volunteering doesn’t interfere with other things that you do. For most roles, we ask for a regular commitment, as it’s difficult to plan without this – but we also have relief positions and, of course, we always welcome it when people can offer more time. There are also some ad hoc duties, where just a small amount of time is required once or twice a year.
How do I apply?
It’s easy to apply: you can apply online, download an application form which you then return to us by post. Or, you can telephone 01925 575780 or e-mail us to ask for an application form. Once we have your form, we will invite you to an informal interview. We’ll discuss the most appropriate work for you. If your application is successful, duties are allocated and an induction and training are provided. For some roles, there is a waiting list. Find out about all our volunteer vacancies.
Are there any restrictions on who can volunteer?
The minimum age to volunteer at the hospice is 17 (i.e. after Year 12 for those wishing to work with patients). St Rocco’s Hospice operates an equal opportunities policy and applications are welcomed from all parts of the community. For volunteers working with patients, a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check will be done (this is the new name for a CRB check).