We have a number of volunteers working at Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith. They help with hospitality, gardening and an occasional need for clerical support.
Many people are attracted to working at the hospices to gain experience in working with children with disabilities and we do offer some Care Support roles for which we require particular experience or qualifications - see current volunteering opportunities for more information. We do ask volunteers to commit at least a year to these roles so that everyone benefits from the training you are given but the time can be given flexibly.
Many volunteers, however, simply wish to give their time and make a difference whether it's weeding the garden, housekeeping or laying the table at meal times, so no experience in this area is necessary.
Applying to volunteer in a hospice-based role - before you become a volunteer we go through a careful recruitment process to ensure that we get it right for you and that your skills are suitable for the volunteer role you have chosen. All volunteers are interviewed and references and police checks are taken. Because of the nature of the work we do, it is important that volunteers are introduced carefully into working within the hospice environment.
Once you have applied for a role and sent in your completed Volunteer Application Form we'll get in touch to invite you for an informal interview where we'll tell you more about the role which interests you, discuss your skills and availability and answer any questions you might have.
If you decide that you'd like to go ahead we'll contact your referees and apply for a Criminal Records Disclosure (CRB) and, all being well, get you started!
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the work we do, we are not able to offer work experience or short-term placements at the hospices.