Our volunteers make all the difference. And you’ll find them in shops, offices, gardens, hospices and homes across the heart of Devon. We’d love to welcome you to the team. If you’re a treasure seeking magpie, you might enjoy uncovering gems in our sorting office. Love a good natter? You could be our newest care navigator. Whichever role you choose, you’ll receive full training and support.
Please take a look at the roles below, or just get in touch to chat with a member of our volunteering team.
In a shop
Do you love the buzz of retail? Our charity shops are a vital source of fundraising. They are also a much-loved fixture in communities across Devon, helping people to find a pre-loved bargain. There are lots of ways you could help in our shops, from manning the till to helping customers, sorting clothes and designing window displays. Please do pop into your local shop or give them a call to ask about volunteering opportunities.
“I love the atmosphere in our Cullompton shop; we’re like a little family.”
Volunteers at the Hospiscare warehouse shop
Are you a self-confessed tech geek? Or maybe you have a talent for sales? Our warehouse shop is located in Marsh Barton. You could help with:
- Sorting donations
- Serving customers
- Selling items on eBay or Amazon
- PAT testing electricals
At one of our hospices
Front of house volunteers
Do you enjoy meeting people? The first visit to a hospice can be daunting, and a friendly volunteer can help to put people at ease. We’re always in need of volunteers to help in reception or to serve drinks and snacks to visitors.
Are you a professional complementary therapist? Can you spare a few hours a month to give patients and their families a treat?
“Using my skills as a complementary therapist to volunteer at Hospiscare has not only helped support people at their most vulnerable times, it has given me a particular personal satisfaction that stays with me every day. It’s so rewarding to be part of this amazing charity.”
Do you love socialising? We host regular events for patients in Exeter, Honiton and Tiverton. Patients get the chance to socialise and their families can enjoy some free time. Perhaps you could help with games, film night or arts & crafts?
Spiritual support assistants
Are you a good listener? Can you offer comfort to someone who’s going through a challenging time? We’d love to welcome you to Hospiscare’s chaplaincy team to offer guidance and support to patients, carers, staff and fellow volunteers.
Do you have green thumbs and a love of nature? Can you spot a weed from 20 paces? Patients and their families find great solace in the gardens at our hospices in Exeter, Honiton and Tiverton. Perhaps you could help to keep the gardens looking their best?
Are you interested in a career in health and social care? Volunteering on our ward is a great way to gain some work experience. You’ll need to be at least 18 years old, but you don’t need any previous experience. You could help with tasks such as serving meals and making tea. Sometimes the most important thing is just being there when a patient or family member needs to talk.
In our head office
Do you have a keen eye for detail and enjoy fact checking? Or perhaps you’re looking for work experience in an office? You might enjoy supporting our admin staff with record keeping and other office-based tasks.
Do you like making posters, helping to organise events, getting stuck in and being creative? Perhaps you could help our fundraising or marketing teams?
Out in the community
Do you enjoy meeting new people and driving? Are you over 25 with your own car? Have you been driving for at least three years? We’re always in need of volunteer drivers to transport patients to and from our day hospice and hospital appointments. You’ll receive patient-focused training and all expenses are covered.
Are you a good listener? Could you help someone to navigate their way through the grieving process? Our bereavement volunteers provide compassion, understanding and support during a difficult time. If you’re interested in joining the team, you’ll receive full training and supervision.
Do you want to meet a new circle of friends? Our fundraising support groups organise events and activities to raise money for Hospiscare. One week it might be a bake sale, the next a jazz night. There are 11 groups across the heart of Devon. Find your nearest group here.
Do you want to see that you’re making a real difference to someone’s life? As a volunteer care navigator, you’d visit a patient in their own home, for three or four hours each week. Sometimes patients need practical support, such as prescriptions collecting or forms filling in. Other times they just want to talk. You’d be supporting the same patient for several weeks or months at a time. Many of our care navigators build a close relationship with the person they’re helping. We match patients and volunteers based on a range of factors, including distance, so you wouldn’t have far to travel.
For this volunteer role, you do need specialist training, which you’d get in a free one day course. You would also have ongoing support from our team.
“I want people to know it’s a two way street, I get great satisfaction from it too. I wouldn’t have met someone like David or had all these wonderful experiences had it not been for Hospiscare.”