A grants and workforce programme to support hospices to train and recruit volunteers into clinical careers.

These grants are supported by the Rank Foundation.

What does Volunteer to Career offer?


Hospice UK’s Volunteer to Career programme will award grants of £10,000 each to up to 10 hospices to support the professional development and recruitment of volunteers considering a career in healthcare.

In addition to the funding grant, Hospice UK and partner charity Helpforce will: 

  • help each participating hospice to identify and build internal capacity to deliver the work
  • help each hospice to find and match interested volunteers from their local communities.
  • provide a blended learning programme for participating hospice Clinical Leads, who will work within their hospices to mentor the new volunteers. 
  • help with project planning and data collection to build evidence of the value of the project.

In Round 1, we are supporting four hospices to implement the programme. We are currently running Round 2 of the applications process.

How does it work?


The volunteers taking part in Volunteer to Career will undertake 60 hours of certificated training over the course of one year. 

This training will require support from a dedicated Clinical Lead at their hospice.

By the end of their training, volunteers will be supported onto a career pathway aligned to your hospice’s identified workforce needs i.e. either via a university course, workplace apprenticeship, or paid employment route into eventually becoming a healthcare assistant (clinical band 2 or 3) or a nursing associate (clinical band 4).

Information webinar

Join us on Tuesday 23 July 2024 for an information webinar hosted by Helpforce, to discusses the Volunteer to Career programme and the grant application process, with staff from Helpforce and Hospice UK.

You can also watch a recording of a previous webinar online now. 

Register to join the webinar on 23 July 2024

Is my hospice a good candidate for this programme?


We welcome applications from any hospice that understands the programme and how it will benefit them. If you would like to discuss your hospice's suitability for the programme before you apply, please contact us.

Although not essential, we have identified some key criteria which can help the programme to run successfully:

Available Funding


In Round 2, we are looking to award up to 6 grants of £10,000 each. 

This is to contribute towards the cost of supporting Clinical Leads to undertake this piece of work. Please note that other expenses arising from the programme (e.g. volunteer expenses) will need to be covered by the hospice. 

Deadline and eligibility


The deadline for applications for Round 2 is 17:00 on Friday, 20 September 2024

Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful at the end of October 2024.

Eligible organisations are independent adult and children's hospices that are members of Hospice UK and based in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

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Apply now

Apply to join Volunteer to Career through our grants portal.

Please refer to the outline of application questions document to draft your application.

Apply now
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Who is already involved?

Four hospices are participating in Round 1 of our Volunteer to Career programme, launched in July 2024:


Images on this page courtesy of The Centre for Ageing Better.