People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. In our volunteer survey undertaken in January 2015 our volunteers told us they enjoy the role they are doing, feel they are treated fairly and with respect and would recommend us as a care provider.

We are proud to have over 400 volunteers who make the Hospice the special place that it is, but as we grow we need new people to help us continue to make a difference to the people who use our service. If you can provide the warm and welcoming atmosphere and want to use your skills to help make a real difference to the lives of our patients, their carers and families, we would like to hear from you. Whatever your interests, skills or circumstances if you have the time, talent and enthusiasm, we need your help.

Voluntary work can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or much more occasional, such as volunteering at one of our fundraising events. We have a broad range of opportunities on offer from helping on the frontline of patient care to manning our Hospice reception desk or any of our other support services. 


Who can volunteer?

We aim to recruit and support volunteers from all sections of the local community to complement the work of the Hospice staff in making every day count for those affected by life-limiting illnesses.  We welcome applications from prospective volunteers aged 16 years or over to help in our clinical areas and 13 years or over in our Retail Shops. Find out more about our application process.

What volunteers can offer?

This will depend on what you do. As a volunteer you can share your skills, knowledge, time and friendship to a worthy cause as well as helping us create the warm and welcoming atmosphere we are renowned for.  If you don’t have the skills needed, where possible we will help you develop them.  Often enthusiasm, the ability to smile and encourage are the most important skills required.

What we can offer volunteers?

It depends on what motivates you. Volunteering with the Hospice will mean you are making a difference (directly or indirectly) to those who use our service. You could also benefit from helping or supporting other people, using existing skills or learning new ones, gaining confidence, being creative, responding to challenges, making new friends and getting involved.  If you're looking for work, you will gain valuable experience for your CV.  Above all else we want our volunteers to enjoy their experience.  All our volunteers receive induction and ongoing support from our staff and access to relevant training.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer? 

Volunteers should not be out of pocket when they support us, and we will reimburse any agreed out of pocket expenses. 

Meet our Volunteers

We have a diverse range of volunteers who support us at St Cuthbert's. Find out more about some of them and why they choose to volunteer HERE.



County Durham Volunteering Kite mark demonstrates that St Cuthbert's Hospice meets standards to overcome barriers to volunteering, and recognises the value of recruiting and retaining volunteers.