Volunteer Roles

There are many different ways that you can help, your gift of time and skills will make a difference. Contributions/opportunities include:


Various administrative roles work alongside the teams helping to keep our records correct and to date, producing advertising and literature, helping to prepare for events to name just a few.


Are you a good listener? Would you be interested in supporting the bereaved? Training and supervision offered for this unique volunteering role offering a listening and understanding ear.

Care Navigators

Be a part of our team of specifically trained volunteers who visit patients at home, offering practical and emotional support. You would help with various tasks such as:

  • Befriending and companionship

  • Help to navigate the local health and social system, connecting trusted local community support.

  • Collection of prescriptions and shopping.

  • Form filling and letter writing.

Chaplaincy Assistants

Hospiscare’s chaplaincy team offers spiritual guidance and support to patients, carers, staff and fellow volunteers. This requires good listening skills, a sound personal foundation of assurance and hope in the face of death, trauma and loss as well as confidentiality offered to anyone who requires chaplaincy support. Training, supervision and the provision of self and supportive-care is provided.

Coffee Bar

Our coffee bar at our hospice in Exeter is a quiet place where friends, family members and visitors can order hot meals and a hot cup of coffee/tea. Volunteers serve drinks and place meal orders and keep the area tidy and welcoming.

Complementary Therapists

Are you a professional Complementary Therapist? Would you be interested in spending some of your time giving complementary therapy to patients, their carers and the bereaved? Training is provided.

Day Care

We have day care centres in Exeter, Honiton and Tiverton. Day Care is a great place for patients to socialise, have a good meal and enjoy some arts and crafts which volunteers help facilitate.


Volunteer drivers transport patients to/from our day care centre and to/from hospital appointments. Drivers must have their own car, be over 25 years old and have been driving for at least 3 years. Patient focused training is given and all expenses are covered.

Fundraising or Marketing

Do you like making posters, helping to organise events, getting stuck in and being creative? Perhaps fundraising is the place for you!?


The gardens at the hospices in Exeter, Honiton and Tiverton provide a tranquil and peaceful place for patients and relatives to enjoy. Our volunteer gardeners help to maintain the gardens.

Hospiscare Enterprise Centre (Warehouse Shop)

The Warehouse Shop in Marsh Barton, has been established to help us to raise more money to be able to support patients in the local community. We are looking for volunteers to help in the following roles:

  • Sorting Assistant
  • Furniture and Electrical Shop Assistant
  • Ebay/Amazon Assistant
  • PAT tester/Electrical Assistant


Are you friendly and professional? Volunteer Receptionists cover the reception at our hospice in Exeter on evenings and weekends. They greet patients and visitors and deal with telephone enquiries.


Our charity shops are an important source of fundraising for Hospiscare as well as being a presence in the community. Volunteers sort clothes, design window displays, operate the till and greet customers. If you are interested in volunteering in one of our shops please pop along to the shop directly and ask them about volunteering.

Support Groups

Our Support Groups help raise funds with coffee mornings and bric-a-brac stalls and other fundraising ideas in their local communities. A great way to meet new people and make friends.


Ward volunteers serve meals and help with general tasks on our ward unit in Exeter. This frees up the nursing staff to be able to concentrate on nursing. Please note you must be a minimum of 18 years of age to volunteer on the ward. For those looking to gain some experience before starting a career in healthcare, this role will give you a great opportunity to experience the working environment.

Welcome Team

For many people, coming into the hospice can be a daunting experience. Welcome Team volunteers greet visitors and assist with general enquiries whilst also assisting the receptionist.

Click here to apply to be a volunteer today!