Why Volunteer?

Volunteers are at the heart of St Vincent’s Hospice and we’re always looking for more amazing people to join our team.

What are the benefits of volunteering with St Vincent’s Hospice?

Volunteering with St. Vincent’s means supporting us in caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, including during the last days of their lives. We would not be able to provide hospice care without the incredible support of our volunteers, whether they are raising funds through our shops and fundraising events or supporting our staff within the hospice buildings.

Through volunteering you will also:

  • learn useful skills
  • gain valuable work experience
  • meet new people
  • support your community
  • share your knowledge
  • make a real difference

What time commitment is required?

No matter how much time you have to spare, every moment of volunteering matters and contributes to allowing us to provide hospice care to our patients and families.

Many volunteering opportunities are flexible and can be tailored to fit different schedules. Whether it’s a few hours a week or a single day of service, volunteers can find opportunities that work around their availability. Even an hour a week can make a big difference to the services we can offer.

What age do you need to be?

The minimum age for volunteering with us is 16. There is no upper age limit for Volunteers.

How do I find out more about what roles are available?

You can read more about each of our roles on our volunteer opportunities page here:


How do I apply?

You can apply using the form at the bottom of this page or on any of the role descriptions on the opportunity page.

You can also pick up an application form from any of our preloved or gift shops and at the Hospice building in Howwood. If you would like an application posted out please contact volunteering@svh.co.uk

All applications will require two references. Any roles requiring a PVG or Standard Disclosure check will highlight this within the role description.

What is a reference and who can provide it?

A character reference, also known as a personal reference, is written by someone who knows the individual and can attest to their personal qualities.

For example this could be: a current or previous employer, tutors or teachers, religious leaders, coaches, personal friends and neighbours.

We cannot accept references from close family members.

We recognise that providing references can be challenging for some individuals due to personal circumstances. If applicants require further support please get in touch.

Hear from our Volunteers

Gill’s Story

I have been a volunteer with the Online Team for just over a year. The Team sells clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac and other items on various online platforms to generate income for the Hospice.  My role is to prepare draft descriptions and photographs of a whole variety of donated footwear. As my own taste in footwear is fairly conventional, it’s been a real eye-opener dealing with exotic shoe styles I never knew existed and certainly would never wear myself! 

A number of years ago my partner Wasseem received outstanding care as a patient of St Vincent’s and it has been important for me to be able to give something back, in appreciation of the kindness and support given to me during his illness. I am delighted to be part of the fund-raising effort, working alongside of such lovely people.”

Shirley’s Story

“As a volunteer who visits St Vincent’s hospice with my dog Meala I volunteered to support the fundraisers at the car meet in Paisley. 

I got a lovely welcome and teamed up to collect as visitors were arriving. Meala came too and was a very welcome addition.

Lovely friendly team and I’ll be volunteering again for other fundraising events.”

Join us today!

Complete the form below or contact Laura on Tel: 01505 705635 or email volunteering@svh.co.uk

    How did you hear about volunteering with St Vincent’s Hospice?

    It would be helpful if you could state briefly your reason for wishing to volunteer with St Vincent’s Hospice

    Do you have a condition that affects your day to day life? YES/NO(If Yes please give details)

    Please indicate the areas in which you are intrested in volunteering, tick all that apply.

    Please indicate the days and times you are available to volunteer. On an ad hoc/event by event basis (Please give details)