Volunteer Roles

The support volunteers provide in our hospices is vital. Volunteers are involved in a range of areas, and roles can include receptionists or gardeners, complementary therapists or bereavement support members, catering assistants or drivers, hairdressers and laundry volunteers.

Volunteering opportunities are available in our Adult Hospice, Children’s Hospice, in the community, in our retail shops and for corporate businesses. 

Volunteering in our Adult Hospice

Volunteers work directly with patients and their families, behind the scenes in an administrative role, or helping to raise money.

Volunteer roles at Northern Ireland Hospice are very varied and can include: meeting and greeting patients and visitors, serving meals and refreshments, offering specialist skills such as hairdressing or complementary therapies and decorating and gardening. 

Volunteering in our Children's Hospice

You must be 16 or older and be able to give just 3-5 hours per week/fortnight.  A little time will make a big difference.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide short-term, summer, or “holiday time” volunteering.  We cannot offer placements or work experience; however, we do encourage students to volunteer, provided they can commit to the 18-month minimum commitment.

Volunteer roles at Northern Ireland Children's Hospice include; housekeeping, support to our care team, pool spotting, reception & administration, gardening, babysitting and librarians. 

Not all roles are offered at every recruitment time, but only what is needed in-house.  Volunteers are not involved in intimate/personal care, giving advice to children or families, moving/ lifting children or assisting with these tasks. 

Volunteering in the community

We have five volunteer teams in Belfast, Ballymoney, Mid Ulster (Toomebridge), North Down/Ards and Ballymena. Volunteers working in these areas provide back up to our Hospice Nurse Specialists who look after patients in their own homes. Typical duties would be: home visiting, befriending, driving, shopping and outings. In addition, we have a day facility based in Ballymoney where volunteers contribute to the care and recreational activities.

Volunteering in one of our Hospice Shops

Northern Ireland Hospice has 26 Hospice Shops located across Northern Ireland. Volunteers are responsible for; sorting and pricing stock, arranging displays, operating the till, basic accounts and customer care. For more information on volunteering in our Shops, please click here.

Corporate Volunteering

If your workplace is looking for an opportunity to volunteer for a day as a group we have opportunities in our Gardens and Retail Shops – please contact the corporate fundraising team on 028 90 777 123.

Matthew's Story

Matthew McCullough was so touched by the love and care his late mother Sally received while staying at Northern Ireland Hospice, he decided to give something back. In this video, Matthew talks about his volunteering experience at Northern Ireland Hospice and his duties. 

‘"After everything I just thought, I could do this, seeing what some of the volunteers did and the staff, I thought I would like to give something back, so that's how it really started for me."’ Matthew Mc Cullough

Volunteer Application Form

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