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 and in our charity shops.

Volunteering at 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 at our Children's Hospice:

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 28 Hospice Shops located across Northern Ireland. Volunteers are responsible for; sorting and pricing stock, arranging displays, operating the till, basic accounts and customer care.

Volunteering Opportunities:

We continue to be on the look for any new volunteers who kindly wish to offer their time and skills. At the minute, we have positions for the following roles:

  • Volunteer Hairdressers

  • Ward Clerk Volunteers

  • Laundry Volunteers

  • Kitchen/Dining Room Volunteers

  • In-Patient Unit Care Volunteers

Matthew's Story

Matthew Mc Cullough 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

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