Volunteers are vital to hospices in helping to deliver high quality care. More than 125,000 volunteers in the UK contribute to hospice care in a wide range of roles.

Volunteering in hospice care

We did a survey in 2006 which found that the financial value of volunteers to hospices was more than £112 million. This means that if hospices paid people to do the work done by volunteers, their costs would increase by nearly a quarter.

However, hospice volunteering is not just about saving money. It is about making a difference to patients and families. For volunteers, it can also be a way of:

  • making new friends
  • giving time and skills to the local community
  • learning new skills
  • finding a way into paid work or a change of career.

Volunteering for Hospice UK

Hospice UK can also offer some great volunteering opportunities – both in the office and out at our fundraising events. Please get in touch to find out more.

What does hospice care mean to you?