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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 as well as the volunteer journey 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.

Your Volunteer journey

Informal interview questions


People Charter for Volunteers


Your Volunteer handbook


Hospice volunteering roles

Lymphoedema Volunteers

If you’re looking to gain hands-on experience for your studies or future career, or share your skills in patient care, we’d love to hear from you. Our Lymphoedema Volunteer role is based at our Hospice but involves delivering high standards of practical, personal and emotional support out in the community and in patient’s homes. You’ll work with our Lymphoedema staff team to deliver treatment and support the running of this highly specialist service. Current slots are:

  • Monday PM
  • Tuesday AM/PM
  • Wednesday AM
  • Thursday AM/PM

Please note: Mornings 9am – 12pm, Afternoons 12:30pm – 4pm. Please only apply if you're able to commit to one or more of the above slots regularly.

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Retail volunteering roles

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 Assistant 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.


Retail Volunteer (E-Commerce)

Our busy Kingston Park retail hub is looking to involve volunteers to support their E-Commerce function. The role involves photographing items for sale, 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

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