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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

 

  • Day Hospice Admin Volunteer

    To provide reception and admin support in Day Hospice.

    Times needed:

    • Tuesday 10.00am-3.00pm
    • Thursday 10.00 am-3.00pm
    • And Bank to cover absence and holidays

     

    Fundraising Admin Volunteer

    Admin volunteers join our team in the Fundraising office at the Hospice and help with a variety of administration tasks such as data entry, record keeping, mailings and general office tasks.


     

     

  • St Oswald's Ambarssadors

    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


     

    St Oswald's Friends Groups

    St Oswald’s Friends are groups of like-minded people who raise awareness and funds for St Oswald’s in their local areas.

    Typically, this can be organising a coffee morning and raffle in the local church, a cheese and wine evening, or having a stall at a fair selling donated goods or retail stock.  Friends Groups arrange bag-packs in their local supermarkets and try to encourage their local community to become supporters too.

    Friends Groups sometimes help out at events organised by our in-house fundraisers such as our annual Christmas Market or Light up a Life remembrance services. They also help to man stands at local exhibitions and shopping centres, raising awareness of our work and fundraising.

     

  • Car Driver Assessor

    To assess new & existing volunteer car drivers to ensure that a good standard of comfortable and safe driving is delivered to patients and carers being transported by St Oswald’s.

    Times needed:

    • Bank, times and days negotiable.

     

  • 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:

    • Tuesday   -10:00am - 2:00pm, 3 opps available  
    • Thursday  -10:00am - 2:00pm, 3 opps available  
    • Friday      -10:00am - 2:00pm, 1 opp available  
    • Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm, 2 opps available  

     


     

  • 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)

     

    Day Hospice Volunteer

    We are looking for Ward Helpers 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.

    Times needed:

    • Morning shifts Mon- Fri 10.00am-11.30am 
    • Afternoon shifts Mon-Fri 1.15pm-4.00pm

     


    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:

    Hospice

      • Tuesday afternoon: 1.00pm-4.30pm
    • Thu am 9.15am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-4.30pm

     

    Blaydon

    • Monday morning 8.45am – 12.00pm and 12.30pm - 4.30pm
    • Tuesday afternoon 12.30pm – 4.30pm

     

    Shiremoor

    • Monday morning  8.45am – 12.00pm and 12.30pm - 4.30pm
    • Tuesday afternoon 12.30pm – 4.30pm

     


     

    Ward Helpers

    We are looking for Ward Helpers 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.

    Times needed:

    • Morning shifts Mon- Fri 10.00am-11.30am 
    • Afternoon shifts Mon-Fri 1.15pm-4.00pm

     


     

  • Event volunteers

    We host between 15 and 25 events per year, and we couldn't do it without the support of our fantastic event volunteers!

    We need a pool of events volunteers who we can call on to help make our events successful, enjoyable and safe for all.

    Events volunteers may also be asked to help us market our events through their local community by putting posters up in their local areas, forwarding emails to contacts and generally helping us to spread the word.

    Find out more about events volunteering with our ‘Benefits of becoming a registered events volunteer’ leaflet. 

    If you’re interested in volunteering at our events please fill in the event volunteer application form below.

    Download our Event Volunteer Application Form


     

     

  • Adult Minibus Drivers

    To transport patients and relatives as and when required, to and from Day Hospice, Outpatients clinics, Hospital appointments and home visits.

    Times needed:

    • Permanent duties available on Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays.  Please contact us for further details.
    • Also bank volunteers required:
    • 8:30 – 5.00pm mornings or afternoons, or whole days.  Days and times negotiable.

      

    Patient Transport

    Car owner/drivers are needed to transport patients to and from appointments at our Day Hospice and Outpatient Suite, with other driving tasks in-between.

    Times needed:

    • Regular and Bank shifts with times and days negotiable.

    Contact us for further details.        


     

    Van Driver's Assistant

    To work alongside our Van Drivers picking up donated items across the area and moving stock between our retail units in the community.

    Times needed:

    • A variety of days are available and a lunch allowance is provided.

    Lunch allowance provided.

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


     

     

  • 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)

     

  • If you would like to help us raise the £6.5million we need each year to continue our services and volunteer at an event, we’d love to welcome you to our fundraising volunteer team.

    Volunteering with our fundraisers is a great way to boost your CV, get sales and customer service experience, make new friends and help a local charity.

    For more information about any of the roles below please contact fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or call 0191 246 9123.


    Collection Can Volunteers

    Collection can volunteers visit shops, organisations and other premises to pick up and exchange collection cans, in teams and individually, and return full cans to the Fundraising office at the Hospice. It’s vital that we maintain good relationships with premises that support St Oswald’s with a collection can and our volunteers are key to doing this.


     

    Collection Line Volunteers

    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 essential for this role. Please note this is offsite role based in Kingston Park Warehouse.

    Times needed:

    • Tuesday mornings, afternoon, and all day
    • Friday mornings

    Corporate Volunteers

    We are able to offer teams of corporate volunteers a chance to ‘take over’ a St Oswald’s shop for a day.

    Teams collect as much stock as possible before the big day (via a Donation Station if suitable) and then sort, price, steam, display and sell as much as they can on the day to raise money for the Hospice.

    If you’re interested in taking over a shop for a day with your colleagues/employees, please download the corporate volunteer application form below.

    Download our Corporate Volunteer Application Form


    Promotional Volunteer in Face to Face (F2F) Fundraising Team 

    To assist the F2F team at promotional stands within the community. You will not be required to fundraise individually.

    Times needed:

    Ad hoc, as and when required. We hope to give at least 4 weeks notice of promotional events


    Fundraiser Volunteers

    Volunteers to assist our fundraising team. This is a new opportunity and we are seeking proactive, confident volunteers to research and source donated raffle prizes from local businesses, to co-ordinate requests to local supermarkets for bag packs and nominations to participate in charity token schemes, and to assist the fundraising team with community engagement.

    Times needed:

    We need volunteers for one day a week, times and days are negotiable.


     

    Fundraising Assistants

    Each year we have a number of supporters who organise events to raise much needed funds for St Oswald’s hospice.  To increase the revenue of these events many request us to help them find prizes to be able to hold raffles or tombola’s.

    We would like a volunteer to coordinate and approach organisations for raffle prizes.

    This role could also involve coordinating requests for bag packs in local supermarkets, and requests for volunteer ambassadors to attend local community groups to talk about the work of the hospice.  

    Times needed:

    This is a new role so hours are negotiable.

    We envisage this will take approx. 1 day every week, as this is an ongoing project. This could be split between 2 volunteers.


     

     

  • Gardeners

    To work as 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.

     


     

  • 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 am, pm or all day

      10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm or all day.

     

     

  • 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 needed:

    • Mondays - 10.00am-1.00pm and 1.00pm-4.00pm 
    • Tuesdays - 10.00am-1.00pm and 1.00pm-4.00pm 
    • Wednesdays -10.00am-1.00pm
    • Thursdays - 10.00am-1.00pm
    • Saturdays - 10.00am-1.00pm and 1.00pm-4.00pm

     

    Kingston Park Retail Hub Volunteer

    We are looking  for computer literate volunteers for our collection line. They must be comfortable on the telephone, to take calls from members of the public and arrange collection of donated items.


    Times needed:

    • Fri am.

     

    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.


     

    Upcycler Volunteer

    Are you creative with a flair for design? We are looking for help in giving life to old furniture and donated items creating upcycling products ranging from shabby chic cabinets and tables to patterned glassware. Role based in Eldon Garden, Newcastle or Dunston Furniture Store


    Times needed:

    • Times and days negotiable with the shop manager

     

     

  • 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:

    Mondays 5-8pm,
    Wednesdays 5-8pm,
    Saturdays 9-1pm and Sat 5-8pm,
    Sundays 5-8pm all are monthly (once every 4 weeks)

    • Also Bank positions available (ad hoc to cover holidays and other absences)

     


     

     

  • 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.

     

    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.