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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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 Helen Eadington on 0191 246 9080 or alternatively email heleneadington@stoswaldsuk.org for further info and an application form.

Download role description Contact Helen Eadington

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!

Download role description Apply now
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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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Ward Helper Volunteer

Are you an early bird who enjoys making the most of mornings and a positive start to the day? Are you looking to take on a rewarding role that serves the local community? Or perhaps you are a student looking to develop confidence and skills for a career in healthcare?

We are looking for Ward Helper volunteers to serve refreshments to patients and visitors as well as providing companionship for patients where appropriate in our Adult Inpatient Unit. This role supports a friendly and welcoming clinical team who care for patients with a wide range of needs and conditions.

We are currently recruiting for the following shifts:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am (Morning Shift)
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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.