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Current volunteering opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for us! Please find below some of our current volunteer opportunities in the North East.

Over 1400 volunteers work alongside our paid staff and offer their skills, experience and expertise to every department within the Hospice. They are, quite simply, the lifeblood of St Oswald’s and we wouldn’t be able to operate without them.

We have over 120 different volunteering roles: working directly with patients; in a support role; in our charity shops or in our Fundraising team. Roles are based at the Hospice in Gosforth, or out in the local communities of Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, Tyneside and Sunderland.

If you are interested in one of these roles please call our Volunteer Office on 0191 246 9125, email volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org or fill in our contact form.

If you would like to be sent a list of all our current volunteering opportunities please use the contact details above to get in touch. If you’re interested in a volunteering role that’s not currently available please get in touch and we’ll contact you if a relevant role becomes available.

For more information:

Download our Volunteering leaflet

Download our 'What to expect' recruitment leaflet


  • St Oswald's Ambassadors

    We are looking for confident presenters to work externally within their own community to promote the work of St Oswald’s and its Fundraising opportunities. You will have the chance to meet interesting people and visit interesting places as well as support our Fundraising efforts.

    Times needed:

    • Times and days negotiable.

    We are ideally looking for people from the North Tyneside and Gateshead areas but also welcome people from Newcastle, Northumberland, South Tyneside and North Durham

    updated 15/02.2017

  • Kitchen Assistants

    We are looking for help in our very busy professional kitchen, taking part in vegetable preparation, dishwashing, and general kitchen duties in a very sociable area.

    Times needed:

    • Wednesday   -10:00am - 2:00pm, 1 opps available  
    • Thursday -12:00 - 2:00pm, 1 opp available
    • Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm, 2 opps available

    updated 01.02.2017


  • To work as part of the Hospice Chaplaincy Team to meet the spiritual, and religious needs of patients and their families.

    The Chaplaincy Team at St. Oswald’s are there for people of all faiths and none. We are part of the Hospice’s mutli-disciplinary care team, providing spiritual and religious care for our patients and their families.

    We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join our team.

    Times and days are negotiable. 

  • Home Crafter volunteer 

    Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice is one of our specialist shops, selling a mix of unique upcycled furniture, craft supplies and locally-sourced handmade homewares, furnishings and accessories.

    We’re looking for creative people from across the North East to support the shop and try a completely different approach to volunteering – our exciting new 'Home Crafter' volunteer network.

    Joining our home crafter volunteer team is easy, flexible and can conveniently fit into your day. Our home crafters volunteer their time and skills behind-the-scenes in whichever way and time works best, using their talents and creations to ensure we have plenty of beautiful products to sell, ranging from the ordinary to extraordinary, to raise funds for the Hospice.

    Do you knit every night or weave at the weekend? You might have turned your hobby into a craft business and have too much stock, some scrap fabric, or perhaps you’re handy with a sewing machine, screwdriver or can screen-print?

    Whether you’d like to make a one-off or regular donation of goods, contribute to a craft workshop, help with certain skills or suggest something we haven’t even thought of yet, we’d love to hear from you. We know everyone is different work with our home crafter volunteers on a one-to-one basis - we want to see what you can do!

    To find out more about how you can get involved, please get in touch with the Re-styled team direct by emailing re-styled@stoswaldsuk.org or call the shop on 0191 2303184, Monday to Saturday 9am – 4.30pm. You can also find Re-styled on Facebook by clicking here



  • Voluntary Complementary Therapist

    We are seeking Holistic Therapists with an Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage qualification to Diploma Level 3 with professional insurance, professional membership and continuous professional development certification.

    Times needed:

    • 1 day a week (Negotiable, Mon - Friday excluding Thursday) for a minimum of 4 hours.

    updated 15.02.2017


    Pets as Therapy – Cats and Dogs

    We are currently looking to recruit more PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dogs and Cats.  If you have a lovable pet and want to register with Pets as Therapy use this link to explore the website. http://www.petsastherapy.org/

    There is a small registration charge, and we can only accept registered and assessed animals.

    Times needed:

    • Times and Days negotiable, but Friday morning or afternoon would be very welcome.
    • updated15.02.2017
  • Day Hospice Musician

    A variety of performers wanted to provide various musical styles to our Day Hospice patients. Can be an individual artist or a group. Needs to have good interpersonal skills as there will also be interaction with the patients

    Times needed:

    • Tuesdays-Fridays are available, ideally a slot at about 11.00am however could be negotiable (weekly, fortnightly, monthly slot)
    • updated 15.02.2017

    Lymphoedema Outreach Clinics; Main Hospice and Blaydon

    Would you be interested in assisting our Lymphoedema Nurses at the Main Hospice or at our outreach clinic in Blaydon?  This is a role with direct patient contact but some basic admin/IT duties may be required

    Times needed:


    • Tuesday afternoon 12.30pm – 4.30pm

    updated 21.05.2017


    Ward Helpers

    We are looking for Bank Ward Helpers (covering for absences) who are available during the day for morning and afternoon shifts to serve tea, coffee and refreshments to our patients and their visitors on the Adult In-Patient Unit. Ideally we need volunteers who can make a long-term ongoing commitment to this role with the possibility of taking on a regular shift. This will enable us to compliment and support our volunteers from local schools who do this role but only commit to a fixed period.  Experience of working as part of a team would be advantageous.

    We are also looking for Ward Helpers to take on a regular weekly shift on a Monday afternoon, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday morning (last 2 or 3 Sundays in the month only)

    Shifts Available:

    Mon - Fri: 10am-11.30am, 1.15pm-4pm

    updated 03.04.2017

    Day Hospice Potter

    We have a potter’s wheel, and patients who are very interested in all forms of pottery, but we don’t have a potter to demonstrate and lead sessions, do you have what we are looking for?

    Times needed:

    • Tuesdays-Fridays are available either between 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm or full days


  • Van Driver's Assistant

    To work alongside our Retail Van Drivers picking up donated items across the area and moving stock between our retail units in the community. A lunch allowance is provided.

    Times needed:

    • A variety of days are available. Typical start times would be 8am at our Kingston Park warehouse with a 3:30-4:00pm finish depending on route and traffic. 


    If you are interested in becoming a Van Driver's Assistant volunteer please call 0191 246 9071, email retailhelpdesk@stoswaldsuk.org or fill in our contact form.

    For more information:

    Download our Volunteer Van Driver's Assistant leaflet

    • updated 15.02.2017
  • Event volunteers

    We are looking for friendly, outgoing, confident supporters to join us in delivering our many and varied events. For instance we provide a tent for our Great North Runners, our Christmas Market needs extra pairs of  hands to make it happen, We promote our wedding favours and our new bridal shop at various wedding fairs. We are heavily involved in our new Snow Dogs campaign, please go to

    St. Oswald’s website for more details. Come and join us meet new people and have fun.

    We will find a task to fit your spare time


    Download our Event Volunteer Application Form

    • updated 15.02.2017


  • Collection Can Banking 

    We are looking for 2 volunteers to count and record individual can values and record information.  Need to have good numeracy skills

    Times needed:Wed, Thurs. or Fri for a few hours

    updated 21/02.2017

  • Gardeners

    To be a part of the gardening team, to maintain and develop the garden areas on the main Hospice site.

    Times needed:

    • Tuesdays or Friday if possible, otherwise negotiable.


     updated: 21.02.2017

  • Hairdressers

    Would you like to make someone feel good? Qualified hairdressers are required within our day hospice and in-patient unit. We have a great new hairdressing salon, and want to increase usage.

    Times needed:

    • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm or all day. 

    • updated 12.02.2017


  • DIY Volunteer x 2

    To assist in the maintenance and upkeep of St Oswald’s including its shops.  General maintenance of patients’ equipment, beds, chairs etc. Minor repairs to building. Installation of new equipment where appropriate. Moving furniture.

    Days and times negotiable.

    • updated 12.02.2017

    Pat Tester x 2

    To assist facilities with all aspects of PAT testing, to test new and update testing of existing equipment.

    Days and times negotiable

    • updated 12.02.2017


    To ensure that the highest possible standards of hygiene and cleanliness are met and maintained to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients, children, staff, volunteers and visitors within the Hospice.

    Days and times negotiable

    • updated 12.02.2017


    To be a part of the gardening team, to maintain and develop the garden areas on the main Hospice site.

    Times needed:

    • Tuesdays or Friday if possible, otherwise negotiable.
    • updated 12.02.2017
  • Receptionists

    To provide an efficient and effective reception service ensuring that it maintains a caring, friendly, sensitive and welcoming environment for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers whether face to face or by telephone.

    Times needed:

    Bank cover needed: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    updated 03.04.2017

  • Hospice Gift Shop Volunteer

    We require extra help in our Gift Shop on site at the Hospice.  Tasks include stock management, display and customer service.

    Times are flexible and negotiable. 

      • updated 08.03.2017



    Shop Volunteers

    We’re looking for friendly people who enjoy working as part of a team and will be happy to help our customers and provide quality service.

    We ask that our volunteers show an interest in the shop and raising money for a great cause, as well as enthusiasm and commitment to St Oswald’s and what we stand for.

    A shop volunteer role can be very varied; from assisting customers, sorting and replenishing stock and working on the tills to creating visual displays on the shop floor, window dressing and helping to promote public understanding of the work St Oswald’s does.


    Download Volunteering in St Oswald’s Shops Leaflet


    If you are interested in becoming a shop volunteer please call 0191 246 9071, email retailhelpdesk@stoswaldsuk.org or fill in our contact form.

    • updated 11.01.2017

    Stock Processors 

    Working right in the heart of the shop process, Stock Processors are responsible for preparing our donated goods for sale. Tasks include sorting and organising donations, then getting stock ready for sale by steaming, tagging and arranging goods to be sold in the shop.

    Why not try a taster day and get a feel for what's involved?

    Whether you can offer an hour a week, a day a week or more as a volunteer, we would love to have you as part of our team and times are flexible so you can fit volunteering around your life. Choose your own days and hours during the shop opening times, between Monday and Saturday. For shop opening hours and addresses, please click here.

    We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and experience, plus you’ll get the chance to boost your retail skills with the option to undertake a NVQ – all while making a positive impact in the local community. Volunteering in our shops is a fantastic way to help build confidence, develop skills and allows you to try something new and different from your usual daily routine.

    So if you’re looking to be part of a strong team environment, want to meet new people and have an interest in fashion with a keen eye for detail, contact us for more details or to apply today! 


    Download Volunteering in St Oswald’s Shops Leaflet


    If you are interested in becoming a shop volunteer please call 0191 246 9071, email retailhelpdesk@stoswaldsuk.org or fill in our contact form.

    • updated 08.03.2017


    Upcycler Volunteer

    Are you creative with a flair for design or fancy learning new craft techniques? We are looking for help in giving life to old furniture and donated items to create unique upcycled products, ranging from shabby chic cabinets and tables to patterned glassware.

    Role based in Eldon Garden, Newcastle or Quorum Business Park. 

    Times needed:

    • Times and days negotiable with the shop manager.
      • updated 08.03.2017


    Collection Line Volunteer

    To help raise funds for St Oswald's by joining a team of volunteers to assist with the administration of the collection of donated goods for resale in our local shops. Good telephone skills are essential for this role. 

    Times needed:

    • Friday morning.
      • updated 05.01.2017


    Warehouse Volunteer

    This role involves accepting donations from the general public, sorting donated stock and preparing it for sale, merchandising stock onto display racks, serving customers and accepting cash when fully trained, and general housekeeping of front and back areas. 

    Times needed:

    Opening hours 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday, various days and times available. 


    • updated 11.01.2017