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Volunteers join us for a variety of reasons such as giving back to the community and supporting the area where they live or to develop skills to help gain paid employment.

Our Current Volunteering Opportunities

Whatever the reason we are always delighted to welcome new volunteers to the team and take care to explain to new recruits just how important their contribution is. Each person who volunteers for the Hospice helps us to make every day count for the individuals and families we care for. No matter what area of the Hospice they volunteer in, they help us to create the precious moments that are treasured forever or to provide comfort for someone who is bereaved.

  • Community Outreach Volunteer - Monday Mornings

    We are looking for friendly, calm and supportive individuals to join the Community Outreach Team on a Monday morning at the Hospice Hub Coffee Morning in Chester-le-Street.

    The Hospice Hub Coffee Morning is a social drop where people can pop along for a cuppa and a chat with the Community Outreach Project Team who can support those caring for a loved one, are living with a long-term condition including dementia, or have experienced a bereavement. A key role as a Volunteer would be to support the set up and delivery of the drop in for example getting a coffee or chatting to someone who is feeling nervous about attending.

    To find out more please download a role description below or to register your interest please complete the digital form above. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the role or other Volunteering opportunities please contact our Volunteer Services Team on or call us on 0191 374 6169.

  • Volunteer Kitchen Assistant

    Love cooking up a storm? You might love helping us in our Hospice kitchens! We're looking for enthusiastic Volunteer Kitchen Assistants to help our Catering Team. You'll help us with tasks like meal preparation, distribution of food and drinks to our clinical areas, coffee shop and meeting rooms, loading the dishwashers and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy. All of these tasks are so important in making sure our patients and guests receive the highest quality delicious food and refreshments.

  • Volunteer Retail Drivers & Charity Shop Retail Assistants

    "I’d been lucky enough to retire from work and had a little spare time each week so I applied for a volunteer driver role. I’ve now been part of the team since 2018 and I enjoy every minute of it! I’d recommend it to anyone. If you’re at a loose end and have the time to spare, why not give your time to a worthy cause?"

    "I spend a few hours each week volunteering at the charity shop in Spennymoor. I enjoy the social side to volunteering, working the till and chatting with customers. You get to know the regular shoppers and it’s nice to have a catch up when they call in. I’d recommend volunteering to anyone who wants to fill some spare time by supporting a great local cause."

  • Namaste Care Volunteer

    "If you’re kind, caring and friendly (and love to chat!) this might be for you. Namaste Care can be so uplifting, and both the person with advanced dementia and their carer can get so much out of the sessions."

  • Volunteer Gardener

    Help us maintain our gardens and grounds.

  • Volunteer Laundry Assistant

    Help provide freshly washed and laundered linens for our patients.

  • Volunteer Minibus Driver

    Help those who use our Living Well Centre get to the Hospice.

  • Volunteer Guest Support (Day Services)

    Help support our Living Well Centre staff to run our Living Well Centre sessions.

  • Volunteer Patient Escort

    Accompany our Minibus Drivers as they transport those who use our services from their homes to the Hospice.

Volunteer with Us

Register your interest to volunteer, fill out your details and our Volunteer Services Team will get in touch with you to chat more about the roles we have on offer. 

    Which area might you be interested in?

    Any other details you would like to let us know?

    Mailing Preferences

    We will add the details you have provided to our database and will contact you about relevant volunteering opportunities in the future via email, unless you let us know otherwise. You can change or update your marketing preferences at any time. To do so please call 0191 386 1170 or email

    We're flexible!

    We have a number of volunteers who give their time as and when they can, where others support us regularly each week. Many people don’t realise the impact that just a few hours can have, it really makes such a huge difference to us. We really can be as flexible with your time as needed. We welcome applications from prospective volunteers aged 16 years or over to help in our clinical areas and 13 years or over in our charity shops meaning younger people can gain valuable experience too.

    The most enjoyable part of volunteering at the Hospice is being part of a team and meeting new people. I enjoy helping to maintain the gardens, sharing my knowledge and experience, and learning from others.

    Gerry, Gardening Volunteer

    We are proud to have a fantastic team of volunteers who make the Hospice the special place that it is, but as we grow we need additional volunteer support to help us continue to make a difference to the people who use our services. If you can give your time to help make a real difference to the lives of our patients, their carers and families, we would like to hear from you.

    Contact us

    You can contact our Volunteer Services Team on 0191 374 6169 or email

    Meet our volunteers

    Hear from some of our current volunteers about why they share their time with us and what it means to them.

    Read Volunteer Stories


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