Volunteer roles

Volunteer roles

Whether you’re a treasure hunting magpie, Monty Don’s biggest fan or a dedicated fashionista, there’s a volunteering role that’s right for you at Hospiscare.

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.”

Read Rachel’s story

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.

Complementary therapists

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.”


Activity assistants

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?

Ward volunteers

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.

Marketing assistants

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.

Christmas Tree Recycling volunteer

Do you have a vehicle that could be used to pick up Christmas trees in 2022? Would you like to get 2022 off to a treemendous start, do something green and help raise vital funds for Hospiscare at the same time? No matter how big or small your van, Hospiscare is seeking volunteers to collect trees on 7th & 8th January 2022. Please click here to find out more. We’d love to hear from you and would be so grateful for your support!

Bereavement volunteers

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.

Local fundraiser

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.

Care navigators

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.”

Read about Noreen’s experience as a care navigator.

Take the first step

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, please get in touch with our team. It takes two minutes to send us a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Or you can call us on 01392 688068.

Ask about volunteering