Volunteering at Northern Ireland Hospice

Our volunteers are at the very heart of our organisation. We are lucky enough to have the support of over 700 volunteers who selflessly contribute their time and talents to various areas within the organisation.

Volunteers play an integral role in the services provided by Northern Ireland Hospice.  Northern Ireland Hospice currently has over 700 volunteers across all of its services; Adults, Children’s, Community, Corporate and Retail. 

These volunteers assist and support staff daily in various roles.  These roles are coordinated by a number of staff in numerous locations and the volunteers themselves are supported by their service manager for the area in which they volunteer. 

Who can be a volunteer at the Adult Hospice?

Anyone aged 17 and over who has a little time to spare and would like to make a big difference, can be a service volunteer in the Adult Hospice. (You can volunteer in the shops from the age of 16 or younger with consent from your parent or guardian).

All service volunteers will be offered induction training as well as learning in their selected role.  References will be requested and AccessNI vetting is compulsory.

You don’t need specific skills or qualifications – the most important requirements are enthusiasm, a desire to support our work and some free time.  You’ll be joining a dedicated team of people helping to make a difference to the lives

Why volunteer at Northern Ireland Adult Hospice?

Volunteers are an important part of the Hospice ethos.  They add considerably to the quality of the service that we provide.  They contribute more than just time – they are a valuable resource, helping to enhance the friendly relaxed atmosphere we strive to create.

By volunteering with Hospice we can offer you a varied role, sometimes challenging but always rewarding and of course with plenty of fun along the way.

Benefits of volunteering at Northern Ireland Hospice

Aside from the obvious feel-good factor from giving your time to one of Northern Ireland's leading charities, volunteering has a number of key benefits for your career which make it well worth considering:

  •  Gain valuable skills & experience
  •  Improve your CV
  •  Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life
  •  Meet new people and making new friends
  •  A chance to socialise
  •  Gain confidence and self-esteem
  •  Feel valued and part of a team
  •  Make a difference to the lives of others

Martin's Story

After the passing of a family relative who was cared for by Northern Ireland Hospice, Martin Caldwell, an avid marathon runner, decided to volunteer with the Hospice. In this video, Martin about what his volunteering role entails.

‘"I would encourage anyone to volunteer with NI Hospice, they're a great charity with excellent facilities and staff".’ Martin Caldwell - Volunteer

How to apply?

1. Complete a volunteer application form and return to Volunteer Services (Adult) by email to sheila.hannon@nihospice.org or by post to NI Hospice, 74 Somerton Road, Belfast, BT15 3HL. Volunteer application forms are available to download below. You can also pick up an application form from Somerton Reception or by phoning 02890781836.

2. After receipt of your application form and shortlisting, you will be invited to a short interview. We will require suitable references and you must complete Access NI online. Successful applicants will then be required to attend an Induction Programme, followed by shadowing sessions learning the role. (Certain roles will have competency based shadowing sessions).

3. Once training and paperwork are completed you will be a fully trained volunteer with NI Hospice Adult Services.

Volunteer Application Form

For more information on how to volunteer with Northern Ireland Hospice, please get in touch via the online contact form:

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