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.

Informal interview questions

Download the informal interview questions below.

People Charter for Volunteers

Download People Charter for Volunteers below.

Your Volunteer handbook

Download Volunteer handbook below.

Hospice volunteering roles

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Transport Volunteers (Various roles available)

Ready to embark on a journey of compassion and care? As part of our volunteer transport team, you’ll be more than a driver – you’ll be a lifeline, offering personalised transport services to those in need.

Your role involves more than just driving. Your warmth, tact, empathy, and sensitivity will create a comforting environment for our patients.

From delivering garments to patients’ homes to collecting equipment and supporting hospice services, your friendly nature will ensure every interaction leaves a positive impact. You’ll be a crucial link in our care network.

Volunteer Minibus and Pool Car Drivers

If you have a full UK driving license, and are willing to undergo necessary training, including MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme), then we want to hear from you! Vacancies for Mondays, Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays.

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Volunteer Own Car Drivers

If you have your own transport, a full UK driving license, and a willingness to undergo necessary training, then we want to hear from you! Vacancies for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Volunteer Non-Patient Drivers

As a Non-Patient Driver, you’ll be at the forefront of providing essential services to our patients and supporters. From delivering garments to patients’ homes to collecting equipment and supporting services within the hospice, your friendly and outgoing nature will ensure that every interaction leaves a positive impact. Vacancies for Thursdays and Fridays but other days available. Please note a full UK Driving Licence is required for this role.

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Reception Volunteer (Day Services)

St Oswald’s Hospice Day Services includes our specialist Lymphoedema Service, Outpatients Services and our Focus on Living Centre. We’re looking to expand our volunteer team and would love to hear from anyone with administrative experience / skill to share (or to develop) in the Reception Volunteer role.

Our Reception Volunteers provide a warm, welcome and effective reception service. We’re looking to involve volunteers across the following days and times:

  • Monday morning (9am – 1pm)
  • Thursday afternoon (1pm – 4pm)
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Evening Main Reception Volunteer

Our Main Reception provides a warm welcome for everyone at St Oswald’s Hospice – it is the hub and heart of our Gosforth site. We are looking for Evening Main Reception volunteers who can regularly support us one or two days a week in the early evening, Monday to Friday 4.30 pm – 7.30pm.

This special volunteering role will best suit someone with a calm, confident communication style; a friendly, sensitive manner; who is comfortable in challenging situations; and someone who can enjoy working unsupervised, as the day time Main Reception staff will be off shift from 4.30pm onwards.

Our Evening Main Reception volunteer will be the first point of contact and provide a warm welcome and efficient reception service for patients and their families, staff, volunteers and visitors at the main Hospice site in Gosforth. The main tasks of the role will be to meet and greet families and visitors of patients from our Adult Inpatient Ward; ensure that all Hospice visitors sign in and out, complying with fire safety regulations; accept deliveries and collections of goods; process incoming donations of cash / cheques from visitors; and assist some of the Hospice teams with occasional jobs such as envelope stuffing and mailshots.

The Evening Main Reception volunteer role is open to applicants aged 18 years and over.

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Trustee Volunteer

Experienced in business change management, with a track record of successful transformations?

Know how to leverage technology to drive innovation and improve service delivery?

Ready to make a profound impact for people living with progressive, life-limiting conditions?

If you’ve answered ‘YES’ to these questions, then we want YOU to consider joining us as our next Trustee!

At St Oswald’s Hospice, we aim to provide quality time, compassionate care and support to individuals and families. As a Trustee, you’ll play a pivotal role in steering the course of our organisation, with responsibilities ranging from governance and strategic direction to ensuring our financial health.

Your expertise in business and technology could be just what we need to drive forward innovative initiatives and ensure we continue delivering the highest quality of care to our community.

If you have experience in the NHS/healthcare sector that would be helpful, but it’s not essential.

Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most across the North East.

For an informal chat about the post, please call Steph Edusei on 0191 285 0063 or alternatively email StephanieEdusei@stoswaldsuk.org for further info and an application form.

Download role description Contact Steph Edusei

Gardening Volunteers

Are you enthusiastic about gardening? Ready to make a difference to the lives of our patients and families?

We’re looking to expand our volunteer team and would love to hear from anyone with a passion for gardening and skill to share as a Gardening Volunteer!

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Facilities Volunteer (Maintenance)

Our fantastic Facilities Team is looking for helping hands to support a wide variety of tasks right across the Hospice. If you’re a dab hand at DIY and have practical maintenance skills to share or develop, we’d love to hear from you! This role supports our friendly and busy team in keeping our clinical areas, offices and other spaces in good working order as a safe and welcoming place to be.

We are currently recruiting two volunteers for this role.

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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.