Our volunteers come from all walks of life and ages and achieve extraordinary things for our hospices. If you’ve ever thought of giving a little of your time to help others, we could have what you’re looking for.
Volunteering is an ideal way to share the skills you have or learn new ones! Not only is it diverse and rewarding, but by playing a role in your local community, volunteering can become a fulfilling part of your life and lead to new opportunities and friendships.
We benefit greatly by having volunteers, but volunteers themselves get lots out of it too!
Volunteering is a great way of:
"I have two roles – one as a Patron and one as a general volunteer and the latter means I get to do all sorts of different things. It could be anything from packing 1,000 bags for runners to giving out bananas and water at the finish line of the marathon."
"I think my confidence developed quite a lot because of the project. If anyone’s unsure of applying to be a Young Ambassador, I’d say just go for it."
"I have had the opportunity to meet and help some wonderful people along the way, including patients, carers, clinicians, volunteers and supporters and I think it has given me a real insight into the way that ordinary people can overcome extraordinary difficulties."
“My volunteering experience is definitely the most rewarding thing I have ever done and I would recommend it to everyone, not only does it feel good knowing I’m helping towards making a difference to people’s lives."
“I remember my first Inspire! session being emotional, a bit daunting but ultimately joyful. I’d been supporting the charity for a while, so got involved because I wanted to see what my fundraising efforts went towards. It’s an amazing experience each time I come, to see how much the young adults enjoy it.”
We take volunteers from aged 13 within our Charity Shops. Within our Hospices we have our Young Ambassador Project for people aged 16 – 18 to volunteer in a variety of roles.
Havens Hospices does not have an upper age limit.
For certain roles, we do require certain qualifications and experience, this information is included with the role description.
As a charity we have a duty of care to ensure our patients, families, staff and volunteers are safeguarded, we therefore have a robust recruitment process in place. We undertake references for volunteers and for certain roles, undertake a DBS (police check). Volunteering with us is subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to volunteering with us, it is assessed on an individual basis.
Volunteers will also be asked to complete some additional paperwork including a Volunteer Agreement that includes information about Confidentiality.
Our volunteers are provided with a named Volunteer Coordinator/Shop Manager who will be their main point of communication and on-going support. A local induction is provided to prepare and equip volunteers in their role, as well as ongoing support and training relevant to the volunteer role. For volunteers within care, facilities and administration, they are required to attend an induction session and complete some mandatory training.
Each volunteer role has a role description in place, which details what the time commitment is. Some roles require a set time commitment and other roles are more flexible. If you are unable to give a set commitment, perhaps Occasional Volunteering may be for you.
Due to the sensitive work we carry out at Havens Hospices and our duty of care to our patients and volunteers, we do have a policy around people expressing an interest in volunteering if they have experienced a recent bereavement. This is looked at and assessed on an individual basis and something that would be discussed at the informal interview.