Join us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at North London Hospice. Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice team – we couldn’t do all we do without you!  

 

Examples of volunteering opportunities (People facing)

Reception volunteer

Location: Finchley and Winchmore Hill

Days of the week: Finchley: Monday – Friday, shift times: 8am – 11.30am; 11.30am – 2.30pm; 2.30pm – 6pm and Saturday / Sunday shift times: 10am – 2pm; 2pm – 6pm. Winchmore Hill: Shifts of around three hours, Monday to Friday, as needed.

Purpose of the role: To provide a warm, friendly, and professional welcome to all patients, families, and visitors to the buildings. Signposting to relevant departments and running the small coffee shop (Finchley).

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references, completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Inpatient Unit volunteer

Location: Finchley

Days of the week: Monday – Sunday (mealtimes are, breakfast: 08.15am to 10:30am; lunch: 11:30am – 2pm and supper 5pm to 7pm).

Purpose of the role: To support the nursing team and patients at mealtimes.

Requirements: Completion of online application form; an informal volunteering interview; two references and a disclosure and barring service check; completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Bereavement support volunteer

Location: Finchley, Winchmore Hill and home-based

Days of the week: Monday – Sunday

Purpose of the role: To be part of a team of volunteers offering emotional support to bereaved people. This is offered through telephone support, face-to-face, and through small groups and activities, such as the ‘walk and talk’ group and our grief cafe.

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references and an enhanced disclosure and barring service check, completion of core and service-specific induction and training, attendance at regular supervision sessions and on-going training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Therapy volunteer

Location: Finchley and Winchmore Hill

Days of the week: Monday to Friday, times to be arranged.

Purpose of the role: To provide support for our clinical and wellbeing services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapies, and psychology.

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references, a disclosure and barring service check depending on role, qualification check for complementary therapy volunteers, membership of governing body, and continuous professional development*; completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Drivers

Location: Winchmore Hill

Days of the week: Monday to Friday, times to be arranged.

Purpose of the role: To transport patients to and from appointments at one of our buildings as required and to transport items / equipment between the hospice buildings.

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references, a disclosure and barring service check, driving licence details, completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Retail shop volunteer

Location: Shops are spread throughout the boroughs we serve. Find out more about our shops here.

Days of the week: Monday to Sunday. Shifts are typically around four hours.

Purpose of the role: To work as part of a team, assisting the shop manager with the everyday running of the shop, providing a welcoming retail experience, and helping to generate vital income needed to provide our services. We welcome you helping our shop managers in sorting and preparing stock for sale, serving customers, using a till, putting your eBay knowledge to good use to maximise sales with those special finds, or providing strength helping our van drivers to collect and deliver furniture to our specialist furniture shops.

Requirements: Completion of online or paper application form, a taster session and informal volunteering interview, two references; completion of on-the-job induction and training. You must be 14 or over to apply for this role.

Compassionate Neighbours

Our Compassionate Neighbours scheme helps support people living with life-limiting illnesses stay connected to their community to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are trained to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community.

We are always looking for more volunteers to join our network and the first step is to join our training course. It focuses on building your skills and confidence so you can help people with a life-limiting illness stay connected to their community and avoid loneliness and isolation. You’ll also hear from Compassionate Neighbours and their experiences to get a flavour of the variety of ways you can get involved.

After the training you can decide to go on to be matched with someone locally – or support one of our groups – through shared interests and hobbies in the hope that genuine friendships will form.

For full details of this opportunity and the next training dates please click this link.

Examples of volunteering opportunities (Behind the scenes)

Administration volunteer

Location: Finchley and Winchmore Hill

Days of the week: Monday to Friday, times to be arranged.

Purpose of the role: To provide administrative support to teams across the hospice as required, supporting the smooth running of the service.

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references, completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Gardening volunteers

Location: Finchley and Winchmore Hill

Days of the week: Monday to Friday, times to be arranged.

Purpose of the role: To ensure the hospice gardens are attractive and well-maintained throughout the year.

Requirements: Completion of online application form, an informal volunteering interview, two references, completion of core and service-specific induction and training. You must be 18 or over to apply for this role.

Fundraising and Community Development

We run many fundraising events throughout the year which give people from all walks of life the opportunity to get involved, have fun, and raise money for a great local cause, as well as helping extend our reach. Volunteers are vital to ensure that our events run smoothly, safely, and successfully. It is also important for us to connect with our communities, raising awareness of hospice care and lowering barriers to accessing our support. Volunteers may help in several ways:

Your help is welcomed on the day at events, for example, helping with route marshalling, preparing goody bags, being at a checkpoint, registering entries or supporting the team with their collection box holder scheme. Just let the volunteering team know at volunteer@northlondonhospice.co.uk and we’ll connect you with our fundraisers.

If you are applying for another role, you’ll have the chance to say if you’re happy to help occasionally at our community fundraising events when you complete an application. Just tick the box on the form.

If you’d like to help us to extend our reach by expanding our network and connecting us with the local community, raising awareness of the work of the hospice (and fundraising where relevant) you may be interested in our Hospice Ambassador role. It is a flexible opportunity you may fit round your busy life. If you let us know when you first get in touch, the volunteering team can direct you to the right place to find out more from the community development and fundraising teams.

Register your interest

Not sure just yet? You can register your interest in volunteering at one of our shops by signing up for a no-obligation taster session. A taster session gives you the opportunity to try out the different tasks involved, see the environment, and learn a bit more about how our shops work before you decide whether you’d like to volunteer for us. Pop into your local shop to speak to the shop manager and arrange a session or email us at retail@northlondonhospice.co.uk to arrange.

Equal opportunities

North London Hospice is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity, and, we acknowledge that we currently have an underrepresentation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. North London Hospice job opportunities are open to all and we welcome welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

In order for us to comply with our legal obligations, all volunteers are expected to undertake mandatory training which is provided by the hospice.