Did you know that over 500 volunteers help us to provide the care and support that we do? Without every single one of them, that simply wouldn't be possible. That's the difference you make, so thank you.

Hospice volunteer laughing with a patient

How you can help…

Our volunteers at the Hospice bestow care, compassion and kindness to all, they maintain a professional service, delivering the best possible experience to patients, visitors and family members.

Each of our volunteers brings with them their own individuality, personality, and creativeness as they engaged with patients, relatives, and the public on many levels. Our incredible volunteers are valued and respected for all they do to help, for their reliability, commitment, and allegiance to the hospice.

Here are just some of the ways volunteers help us at the hospice:


Receptionists cover 2 reception areas, directing callers to the relevant departments, greeting patients, visitors and general callers to the hospice.


They support patients and their loved ones in our ward area, offering a listening ear over a cup of tea, having a chat or just being there to hold someone’s hand.

Day Therapies Unit volunteers:

Volunteers greet patients, make drinks, engage in conversation and generally make our patients feel welcome.

Community Companions:

Our community volunteers provide companionship and support to patients in their own homes, helping to reduce social isolation, engaging in conversation. Sometimes sitting with patients to enable carers the time to relax or go out.


Collecting patients from their homes and bringing them here for day therapy clinics or therapies, bringing in a relative to visit their loved one who would otherwise have no transport.


We have a small team of volunteers who maintain our garden areas, tidy borders, mow the lawns, and general de-cluttering and tidying.

Supportive Listening

A team of volunteers trained by the hospice provide supportive listening to bereaved relatives.

Bereavement Hub

We have regular drop in days in the local community where volunteers help support those bereaved by offering a listening ear, a chat or signpost to other places.

For more details about volunteering with us contact Pauline Binek, Volunteer Services Coordinator via telephone on 01384 443 010 or via email: pauline.binek@marystevenshospice.co.uk

We regularly update various volunteer positions that we are recruiting for on our Current Vacancies page here 👇

See our volunteer vacancies here 

Other volunteering opportunities

There are lots of ways that you can support Mary Stevens Hospice, see the difference you’re making and build lots of important skills too.

These are the positions that are usually available:

Mary Stevens Hospice Shops

We encourage people to think positively about charity retailing. To do this we are creating exciting and well-presented shops, with each one hopefully suited to the customer base of the local area.

Our shops are successful but there’s always more we can do to increase sales and make even more of a difference to the people and families Mary Stevens Hospice supports. That’s why we need energetic, motivated and enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for retailing.

By supporting an essential local charity as a volunteer, you have the chance to make a positive contribution to your community. We ask volunteers to give us at least half a day a week on a regular basis. With the training and support that we provide we hope that you will learn new and transferable skills. Being a volunteer can help you with your career development or with a total career change, many opportunities are available from counter work, to sorting to display and stock selection.

Fr further information, please contact our Trading Company on 01384 671149 or email: info@mshtrading.co

Fundraising events

Enthusiastic volunteers are always needed to help out with the many organised fundraising events which are hosted by Mary Stevens Hospice throughout the year. 

Becoming a fundraising volunteer is a fulfilling and impactful opportunity. As a volunteer, you will play a crucial role in supporting our mission to provide essential care and support to individuals and families facing life-limiting illnesses. By dedicating your time and skills to fundraising efforts, you will contribute to generating much-needed funds that enable us to continue to care for our community in their greatest time of need. 

For further information please contact James on 01384 377 778, or email james.totney@mshfundraising.co.uk 

Your stories

Here you can see the difference that our volunteers make to the brilliant care and services that we provide.