As well as financial donations, St Luke’s relies on the help and support of volunteers to keep operating. However, hospice volunteering is not just about saving money, it is about making a difference to patients and families. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, make friends and have fun!
Our volunteers love the sense of community they get from helping their local hospice and we value each and every one of them.
How you can volunteer
We have many different options. From gaining valuable retail experience by working in one of our shops, to helping out at our warehouse to or greeting visitors on our reception at the hospice, to working at one of our events, to driving patients from their home to the Hospice, we have roles to suit everyone.
This month’s BBC Lifeline programme focused on the importance of volunteers for the future of the hospice sector.
Volunteers make a huge contribution to improving the quality of life of patients needing palliative care and end of life care. There are currently over 125,000 volunteers in UK hospices – a 2006 survey valued their work at £112 million, which would represent a 25% rise in costs if hospices were to pay for these services.
Quality training and development are key for volunteers to deliver the best possible care. While volunteers give their time for free, there are costs attached to the training and supervision that ensures they are an integrated part of the hospice’s excellent care team.
That is why the donations we receive are so vital; support and training is given to our volunteers whenever necessary to ensure they are equipped and confident in whatever role they are in.
Find out more about volunteering
To learn more about the range of opportunities and to register your interest, visit our volunteering page.