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Volunteering at St Peter & St James Hospice

We have volunteer opportunities based in our hospice, charity shops or distribution centre. As part of a team of over 400 volunteers, you will be helping us to provide expert care to adults living with life-limiting illnesses and those close to them in our community.

We offer a variety of volunteering roles. Whether supporting the clinical team on the ward, greeting members of the public on reception, arranging an eye-catching display in one of our charity shops or even caring for our two resident donkeys, there is a role to suit everyone.

Why volunteer with St Peter & St James Hospice?

Some common reasons for wanting to volunteer include:

  • Gaining insight into future careers, to upskill and gain experience.
  • Add a unique selling point to your applications to work or higher education.
  • Completing part of your community badge for your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
  • Giving back to your community and meeting new people.

You will meet great people, learn new skills and be part of a team. We provide training, including induction, online learning, face to face and any other training specific to the role.

We can also support volunteers that wish to undertake further learning opportunities, who might be aspiring to a career in palliative and social care, customer service, administration or retail.

How much time do I need to commit?

The time that you would need to commit to volunteering can be from a few hours a week, to a focused set of weeks, to anything in between. We can offer morning, afternoon or evening shifts, week days or weekends, depending on the role.

Pete sits behind the reception desk, smiling about to ask the phone

This role has been ideal, as a person who has mobility difficulties, the environment is well set up for me. I like to feel that I am making a difference, helping people to feel relaxed and comfortable and supporting them whilst visiting patients or attending therapy sessions.

Read Pete's Volunteering Story

Current vacancies

Volunteer
Posted 1 month ago
Are you able to offer your time on a Thursday morning to help in our Carer Cafe? Offering support to Carers, providing refreshments and helping to set up and clear away.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
LocationNorth Chailey

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Job CategorySupport Function
LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 2 months ago
Companion volunteers offer support and comfort to carers of hospice patients or to those carers in the community that meet our criteria helping people feel calmer, happier and more in control.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentCarer Support

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Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentCarer Support
Volunteer
Posted 2 months ago
Complementary Therapy will play a role in supporting patients and carers with relaxation, calming of emotions, reducing stress and helping to relieve anxiety.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function

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Job CategorySupport Function
Volunteer
Posted 3 months ago
Do you enjoy gardening? We are looking for volunteers to join our gardening team on a Friday morning.

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LocationNorth Chailey

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LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 4 months ago
We sell online via eBay and then package the sold items and send them on to the customer. We are looking for somebody to assist with packaging of these items ready to be shipped.

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Job CategoryRetail

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Job CategoryRetail
Volunteer
Posted 4 months ago
Do you like variety? This role involves a variety of tasks including: Sorting, Packing, Testing electronic equipment. Tasks will be prioritised on the day.

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LocationHurstpierpoint

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LocationHurstpierpoint
Volunteer
Posted 5 months ago
Welcome visitors and patients to the hospice. Answer incoming calls for the medical/clinical and admin teams.

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LocationNorth Chailey

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LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 10 months ago
Do you like to meet people? The role supports the Living Well Centre attendees, transporting them between their home and the hospice for activities, social events and therapies.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentLiving Well Centre
LocationNorth Chailey

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Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentLiving Well Centre
LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 11 months ago
This role supports the catering and housekeeping team who care for the people in our hospice.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentFacilities
LocationNorth Chailey

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Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentFacilities
LocationNorth Chailey
We get a lot of donations every day from generous members of the public and these donations need to be sorted 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.

Job Features

Job CategoryRetail
DepartmentRetail
LocationDistribution Centre

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Job CategoryRetail
DepartmentRetail
LocationDistribution Centre
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Volunteer
Posted 4 months ago
We sell online via eBay and then package the sold items and send them on to the customer. We are looking for somebody to assist with packaging of these items ready to be shipped.

Job Features

Job CategoryRetail

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategoryRetail
We get a lot of donations every day from generous members of the public and these donations need to be sorted 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.

Job Features

Job CategoryRetail
DepartmentRetail
LocationDistribution Centre

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategoryRetail
DepartmentRetail
LocationDistribution Centre
Volunteer
Posted 1 month ago
Are you able to offer your time on a Thursday morning to help in our Carer Cafe? Offering support to Carers, providing refreshments and helping to set up and clear away.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
LocationNorth Chailey

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 2 months ago
Companion volunteers offer support and comfort to carers of hospice patients or to those carers in the community that meet our criteria helping people feel calmer, happier and more in control.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentCarer Support

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentCarer Support
Volunteer
Posted 2 months ago
Complementary Therapy will play a role in supporting patients and carers with relaxation, calming of emotions, reducing stress and helping to relieve anxiety.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
Volunteer
Posted 10 months ago
Do you like to meet people? The role supports the Living Well Centre attendees, transporting them between their home and the hospice for activities, social events and therapies.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentLiving Well Centre
LocationNorth Chailey

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentLiving Well Centre
LocationNorth Chailey
Volunteer
Posted 11 months ago
This role supports the catering and housekeeping team who care for the people in our hospice.

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentFacilities
LocationNorth Chailey

Apply Online

Job Features

Job CategorySupport Function
DepartmentFacilities
LocationNorth Chailey

How to apply?

To apply to volunteer at St Peter & St James Hospice, please complete our application form on Better Impact via the link below. A member of our Volunteering team will then be in touch as soon as possible to arrange an informal chat and tour of the hospice.

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The journey from application to volunteer

We will adapt depending on the volunteering role and/or if candidates require any adjustments, but these are the steps you can expect from the recruitment process.

  1. Complete an application form via Better Impact. You will be required to create a username and password and provide two references to support your application. (Not relatives and known to you for at least two years.)
  2. You will receive an email acknowledging your application.
  3. A recruiting manager will email or call to discuss your application and arrange an informal chat. This is an opportunity for the recruiting manager to discuss the skills and time commitment required for the role and for the applicant to ask further questions.
  4. In most cases, a taster session will be undertaken.
  5. Pre-volunteering checks (references, health questionnaire, right to work in the UK, DBS if applicable) and any additional administration for the role to be undertaken.
  6. Welcome email with a copy of the volunteer role profile and invitation to attend the hospice welcome induction session.
  7. Induction session with department manager and start volunteering.
  8. An informal 3 month probation to include role specific training.

If you need any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please contact us at volunteering@stpjhospice.org

If you’d like to discuss our current volunteer vacancies, then please email us at volunteering@stpjhospice.org, call us on 01444 471 598 or use our contact form 

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