Past & Present volunteer roles

Below you will see a list of the types of roles that we previously or presently have filled with volunteers. Situations are always changing and although the posts are not always vacant, we are more than happy to receive speculative application forms because we never know when we may need you, or how else you can get involved and use your skills.

Administrators: To help the office based staff with their day to day jobs, providing vital support to the teams who make the back bone of the Hospices.

Beautician/Hairdresser: Qualified applicants only, be part of a team that helps make the patients feel on top of the world with a bit of pampering, after often difficult and intrusive treatment and an often lengthy illness.

Children’s Services Assistant: For our Footsteps group, a bereavement group for children. Helping run the activities group for the children. We’d need a minimum of 12 months commitment once every 6 months.

Community Networker: This role is based in the community and requires face to face meetings and interaction and relationship building with key people in your local area. You will be distributing posters, identifying collection tin locations, supporting leaflet drops and researching local groups and events which might be of interest to the Fundraising team.

Complementary Therapists: A range of treatments are offered to both patients, family and carers. You will need to be qualified and registered for this role.

Counsellor: Joining the Counselling team is a unique privilege as we are highly sought after by professionals who wish to give their time. We have strict application criteria but in return provide excellent support and training and the chance to be part of a superb team that provides one of our core services to patients and their families. You will need a minimum certificate of competence.

Day Care Driver: You should be personable, friendly and have a full, clean license. This role requires direct patient contact and will mean you build up a trusting relationship with the patient. You will be picking patients up for their Day Care session and dropping them home. We prefer volunteers to commit to a weekly timeslot and they must be available on their allotted day to transport their passenger to the hospice for a 10am start and be free to pick them up at 3pm. You must be willing to undergo a health check and a vehicle check for this role.

Day Care Assistant: Serve food and drink, talk to patients, take part in activities and help patients maximise their enjoyment of Day Care when they attend.

DIY/Maintenance: Handy with a hammer? Help the Maintenance team with odd jobs that pop up such as putting up shelves, changing tyres… the list is endless!

Ebay Assistant: We have a very active Ebay department where we try to get the most we can from some of our more valuable donations, by opening the sales out to a wider audience. You have to understand Ebay well to be able to do this role.

Event Marshals: Come and help the Fundraising Department to keep event participants safe and motivated so that they have an enjoyable time with their friends and families. Cheer on the challenges and engage with audiences at both annual, hospice events or one-off, special events.

Flower Arranger: Bring a touch of nature and a breath of fresh air to the hospices rooms by helping our florist as she creates lovely arrangements for the bedrooms, social areas and receptions.

Leaflet Distributor: Help spread the word of the hospices far and wide whilst stretching your legs at the same time! Door to door, or shop-wide leaflet drops on an ad-hoc basis whenever there is an event or occasion we need publicising.

Magistrates Tea Bars: In Guildford. Help run the coffee shop selling hot drinks and light refreshments.

Photographer: Be a part of the Marketing & Fundraising Departments, either helping out with planned, staged photo shoots or taking shots at events which can be used in press and social media

Receptionist: Be the face of the hospices as you meet and greet all staff, volunteers, patients and family members as they visit the hospices.

Retail Assistant: We have shops in 15 different locations in our catchment area and are in constant need of volunteers. The shops bring in a huge amount of revenue to the hospices as well as provide a local ‘window’ into the work of the hospices. You will keep the shop floor neat and tidy, help behind the till, dress the shop window and floor, steam the clothes before they are put out and sort the deliveries. It’s a busy but very rewarding job and you are joining one of our biggest and most widespread volunteer teams.

Street Collectors: Whenever we have a license to collect money on the street, we will need people to hold buckets. It’s a crucial role as it brings money in and raises awareness of the hospices. If you can spare some time on an ad-hoc basis we would love to hear from you.

Warehouse Assistant: Help sort all of the donations and send them off in the vans to the shops. The retail warehouse is a vast operation, resembling Aladdin’s cave and the most exciting part of this role is getting to see everything that comes in and sending the treasures off to the shops.

Warehouse Driver/Driver Assistant: Drivers must be confident driving a large and full van, with a full, clean license. The whole driving team must be happy to lift and shift goods around as the role is quite labour-intensive.

Do you have a new skill to offer?

Maybe you have a completely different skill? Can you translate from a foreign language, are you a web specialist or an InDesign guru, willing to demystify some technological conundrums. However you feel you can help, email Gary on or send in an application form.

We will then get in touch to arrange a time for you to come in and meet us for a cuppa and a chat. We don’t want you to restrict yourself so we look at everything you have to offer before we match you to a role, including your skills & interests, personality and availability. You might be surprised what you end up doing for us!

Return forms to: Volunteer Services Department, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Hill View Road, Woking Surrey GU22 7HW. Download a Volunteer Application Form.