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Volunteering at St Oswald's Hospice

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with St Oswald's

We update this page with our current volunteering opportunities and role descriptions. If you’d like to apply for a role, please return your completed form to volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org.

Please note, we are only able to accept application forms specifically for the available volunteering opportunities shown on this page. If you’re still interested in volunteering but can’t find a suitable role today, please keep checking back for new opportunities soon.

Get prepared!

St Oswald’s Hospice is keen to recruit volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, to ensure that everybody has a chance to contribute to the development of our organisation and get valuable personal and professional experience along the way. Every volunteer application is followed up by an informal interview, during which staff aim to understand volunteer applicants’ skills, experience, achievements and motivations. You can find our informal interview questions below – we are hoping that providing this form ahead of time will give future volunteers the best opportunity to feel prepared and informed and to provide a warm, inclusive welcome.

Informal interview questions


Volunteer agreement


Your Volunteer journey


Retail volunteering roles

If you are interested in volunteering with us in one of our charity shops, please email us with your preferred shop you would like to volunteer at and your details to volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org.

Our retail department is also able to offer work experience and work placements.

Work experience or a placement may be the first time you visit a workplace and learn about employer expectations and the world of work.  It will also provide you with crucial knowledge, skills and personal attributes that employers look for.

Work experience will give you:

An understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers

An opportunity to explore possible career options

Increased self-understanding, independence and self-confidence

The chance to 'try out' a workplace.

Employers are looking for more than just technical skills and knowledge. They particularly value skills such as communication, team-working and problem solving.  Job applicants who can demonstrate that they have developed these skills will have a real advantage and work experience or a work placement with St Oswald’s can help you achieve this.


Shop Volunteer

Our fabulous shops are always looking to boost their volunteer power! You’ll be part of day to day shop life – customer service, processing donations and ensuring your retail space is inviting, organised and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you see yourself creatively dressing windows, sorting and preparing stock, or front and centre behind the till, retail volunteering is a fantastic way to meet new people, gain experience and skills for your CV and of course to generate income for our wonderful Hospice.

if you would like to apply or find out more information about the role, please email us below and state your preferred shop you would like to volunteer at (Find your local St Oswald's shop here).


Van Crew Volunteers

As our shops reopen and donations are flooding in, we’re on the lookout for Van Crew volunteers to support our brilliant Drivers. You’ll be involved in house clearances, moving and handling of large household items and making collections and deliveries from our shops around the region.

Based either at Kingston Park or our Benfield site, this role would suit someone looking to enhance their logistics or retail CV by getting stuck into a physically demanding volunteer role in a friendly team. You’ll be based at either our Kingston Park or Benfield site and days optional Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm.

if you would like to apply or find out more information about the role, please email us below.


Hospice volunteering roles

Gardening Volunteers

We’re looking to find some green-fingered volunteers to support the maintenance and development of our beautiful outdoor spaces. You’ll be involved in a variety of practical gardening tasks and we can discuss the weekdays and times that suit you – this role will suit someone with a keen interest and some gardening knowledge and experience. You’ll be playing a key part in creating safe and welcoming places for our patients and their families to enjoy. If you have skills to share or are looking to develop your horticultural experience, we would love to hear from you!

Closing date for applications is: Sunday 31st July 2022

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Podiatry Care Volunteer

We are looking for a Podiatry Care Volunteer to assist our clinical staff in providing podiatry care to our patients. This brand new volunteer role based on our Adult Inpatient Unit would suit a qualified podiatrist or chiropodist looking to support our Hospice by enhancing our patients’ quality of life and mobility. Days and times are flexible (Weekly/Fortnightly)

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Complementary Therapy Volunteer

At St Oswald’s Hospice complementary therapy treatments are offered alongside conventional medical care and - following a holistic approach - aim to help patients feel better physically, emotionally and psychologically. We are now looking for Complementary Therapy Volunteers to expand and contribute to the activities on offer for patients and their families (e.g. Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki etc). Volunteers must hold recognised qualifications in their areas (VTCT L3 or equivalent) and be a member of relevant professional body.

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Catering Volunteers

We are on the lookout for a few extra volunteers to support St Oswald’s catering team in providing food and refreshments for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers onsite. This role would suit someone who enjoys preparing food and working in a small friendly team.

Flexible days (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) and times (10am – 2pm approximately).

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Facility Volunteers (Various roles available)

Our Facilities Team ensure the smooth, safe, practical running of everything onsite at the Hospice. From furniture to fish tanks, DIY to PAT testing, we need your helping hands! We have a variety of roles all based onsite in need of some practical and positive volunteers. Ideal for someone looking to develop their skills and experience as well as those with knowledge to share. All training provided!

Facilities Volunteer (Aquatics Care) | Download role description 

Facilities Volunteer (Maintenance) | Download role description 

Facilities Volunteer (PAT Testing) | Download role description

Facilities Volunteer (Water Compliance) | Download role description

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Retail Volunteer (E-Commerce)

Our busy Kingston Park retail hub is looking to involve volunteers to support their E-Commerce function. The role involves preparing and packaging parcels and sending them on their way to our brilliant customers and supporters – a brilliant way to contribute to income generation at St Oswald’s Hospice!

Download role description volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org

Main Reception Volunteer (Ad-hoc weekend)

Our Main Reception provides a warm welcome for everyone at St Oswald’s Hospice – it’s the hub and heart of our Gosforth site. We’re looking for volunteers who might be able to support us at the weekend on an ad-hoc basis to be a first point of contact for patients, families and visitors (as well as staff, volunteers and deliveries!). This special volunteering role will best suit someone with a calm and confident communication style, friendly and sensitive manner and comfortable in challenging situations – we’d love to hear from you.

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Admin Volunteer (Retail Collection Line)

Our retail collection line is based at Kingston Park and provides a friendly and efficient service for members of the public who wish to donate goods via our collection line or arrange a house clearance. We’re looking for IT confident volunteers with admin skills to share (or develop) at our busy retail hub.

Download role description volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org