Volunteer for us

Volunteer for us

Whether days or decades, minutes or months, every moment of volunteering matters. To put it simply, we would not be able to provide hospice care without the incredible support of our volunteers. Volunteers are at the heart of St Peter & St James Hospice and we're always looking for more amazing people to join our team.

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Why should I volunteer at St Peter & St James Hospice?

Our volunteers love what they do and we’re confident you will too.

What will you get out of volunteering with St Peter & St James Hospice?

You’ll meet great people, learn new skills and gain work experience. Best of all, you’ll help provide expert and compassionate hospice care to patients and local families, making life that little bit easier for people at a difficult time. Why not check out our Volunteer Stories below to get some idea of all the benefits?

How do we listen to our volunteers?

We send out a frequent volunteer email newsletter to keep everyone update to date and to shine a spotlight on the amazing work that our individual and teams of volunteers do. We also welcome feedback and love hearing your ideas, which is why we hold a volunteer forum. Currently, we are also undertaking a survey of our 400 plus volunteers to see how we are are doing!

How much time do I need to commit?

We’d love you to be able to commit to a morning or afternoon a week but understand this may not work for everyone. We can be flexible and will find a role that fits with your availability and our current vacancies.

Volunteer Stories

Charlotte GraduationNurse Associate

Charlotte’s Volunteering Story

Charlotte tells us how much she grew in confidence after volunteering at a charity shop and how it created opportunities for her.

Nursing Associate’s Volunteering Story

After a family member was cared for at the Hospice, this volunteer was overwhelmed by the care and compassion from all the staff and it triggered a life changing decision.

Current vacancies

Gardening TeamCaring Volunteer

From driving patients to the hospice to sorting shop donations, assisting with admin, gardening or helping our events run smoothly, there really is something for everyone. We’ll talk to you about your interests, skills and the kind of role you’d like to fulfill. Together, we’ll find something with your name on it.

We are only recruiting to the roles below at this current time.

Trustees / Board Members

By becoming a Trustee of a local charity, you will be part of a team that comes together in its mission to care for and positively impact its local community. Our Board of Trustees bring insight, business acumen, forward-thinking approaches, diversity and unique skills to St Peter & St James Hospice, to ensure its sustainability, governance and integration where it is needed the most. 

Volunteer Retail Assistants

We are looking for volunteer retail assistant’s for the following stores;

    • Lewes Furniture and Home
    • Uckfield Fashion
    • Haywards Heath Fashion
    • Hove Fashion

The Hospice currently has nine charity shops, selling donated clothes, books, toys and furniture among other items. These shops raise vital funds for the Hospice; in fact our retail and fundraising departments help to raise around 80% of our funding!

Distribution Centre Volunteer

We get a lot of donations every day from generous members of the public and these donations need to be sorted, valued and, in the case of electricals, PAT tested so that the Shop Managers are able to pick stock for their shops. You will play a really important role in getting those donations into the shops! Based at our Hurstpierpoint site.

eBay and Depop Volunteer

Not only do we sell items donated to us via our shops, but online too, where we can sell to an international audience. We are looking for volunteers who have experience in using eBay, Depop and/or Facebook Marketplace for buying and selling items and who have a keen eye for a good price! Based at our Hurstpierpoint site.

Ward Support

Our In Patient Unit (IPU) or ward has 8 ensuite rooms and the people that come here can stay for a short period of time for symptom control or stay for end of life care. Our professional clinical team and volunteers support those families with a holistic approach of support and pain relief and this role is a great way to gain insight into the workings of a palliative care ward. As a Ward Support, you would be helping patients with tasks such as making tea or sitting and reading with them. The role requires you to hold an Enhanced Adult DBS which the volunteering team will help you complete. Based on site in North Chailey.


We are looking for volunteers that would enjoy keeping the grass surrounding our hospice looking neat and tidy. You would be using a ride on mower and a push petrol mower. Full training will be given.


We are looking for volunteers that enjoy being part of a team keeping our grounds surrounding the hospice looking beautiful so that our families can enjoy them. You will need a good level of fitness and be available on Friday mornings on a weekly basis. The team of volunteers are a friendly bunch and as well as being busy weeding, digging, pruning and planting they take a well deserved tea break sharing homemade cake and biscuits. A great opportunity to meet new people with a shared love of horticulture and creating a beautiful area for all to enjoy.

Marketing Content Assistant

We are looking for volunteers that wish to develop their portfolio for marketing/design PR work, while supporting the St Peter & St James Hospice. This role would suit a volunteer looking to expand their skills in marketing/design and ideally we are seeking to put skills already learnt to use. Volunteers will be required to be computer literate, have good communication skills to provide written content and demonstrate social media literacy including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Fundraising Administrator

We are looking for volunteers who would like to assist in our Fundraising office with office administration. This will be helping the fundraising administrator to process cash, cheques, credit card donations coming into the hospice, including ensuring our supporters are appropriately thanked and donations are correctly recorded and the database kept up to date whilst ensuring consistency of data input.

Restore Shed Therapy Volunteer

In this new role, help to establish and participate in a program of practical craft activities for participants at the Living Well Centre.

Apply to volunteer at St Peter & St James Hospice

Avril Roberts, Volunteer Development Manager

To apply to volunteer at St Peter & St James Hospice, please complete our ¬†application form¬† and return this to us. Our Volunteer Development Manager, Avril Roberts. Avril will then be in touch as soon as possible to arrange an informal chat and tour of the hospice. If you’d like to discuss our current volunteer vacancies, please call us on 01444 471598 or email volunteering@stpjhospice.org