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Join us and make a difference to local families dealing with terminal illness.


Join us and make a difference to local families dealing with terminal illness.

 873 volunteers contribute 128,000 volunteer hours to Helen & Douglas House each year. That’s worth £1m in economic value. Join us and make a difference to local families dealing with terminal illness.

Without your help, Helen & Douglas House wouldn’t be able to support local families dealing with the unimaginable heartbreak of caring for a terminally ill child. Giving your time to us by volunteering is a great way of supporting us in providing the care these families depend on.

Volunteer to help local children and young adults

When you volunteer at Helen & Douglas House, you’ll be joining a team of over 873 volunteers who each play an important part in fundraising, maintenance, driving, gardening, catering and running our shops.

Whatever your skills and interests, there’s a volunteer role waiting for you in our hospice or at our shops and fundraising events. Volunteering with us is open to anyone, no matter what your ability, experience or reason for volunteering. Even three hours a week makes a huge difference to our charity and the families we support.

Become a housekeeping volunteer

Can you spare 3 or 4 hours minimum per week to help us with housekeeping? Lend a hand and make an impact!

Become a receptionist volunteer

Become the face of your local charity and provide a warm welcome to everyone visiting or calling the hospice. Minimum 4 hours a week.

Become a shop volunteer

We are always recruiting for volunteers to support our activities in our various shops in any capacity. For more details please visit your nearest shop.

Find the perfect volunteering job near you

Email our Volunteer Manager Wendy

Log in here to manage your application(s).

Meet some of our amazing volunteers

People volunteer at Helen & Douglas House for many reasons. Meet a few of our amazing volunteers to find out more about their experience and how does it feel when you donate your time and skills for us.

Volunteering isn’t just good for us – it’s good for you

Volunteering is a great way of helping terminally ill children, young adults and their families. But it does wonders for you, too. It’s a great way of making new friends, enhancing your CV and getting that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you’re helping a good cause. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health even found that giving your time altruistically can help you lose weight, reduce your stress levels and make you healthier.

‘Thanks to all those who donate to this very worthwhile charity. It means so much to us.’ – Kay, Sienna’s Mum

Support an amazing cause

Help your local children’s hospice and you’ll be joining over 873 friendly people volunteering for Helen & Douglas House. Between them, our fantastic volunteers contribute 128,200 volunteer hours, bringing £1m of economic value to our income every year. Not only will you be helping us, but you can use your volunteer time to scrub away your stress while doing something to help terminally ill children and young adults. Even better, you can relax at the end of the day knowing that you’ve spent a few hours helping a great cause.

Gain transferable skills and work experience

Volunteering is a great way of learning new skills and gaining work experience to include on your CV. As well as showing potential employers that you’re proactive and civic-minded, volunteering helps cultivate skills such as communication and teamwork. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to learn, we can help you to achieve your goals.

Support and training

Whichever volunteer role you end up in at Helen & Douglas House, you can be sure that we’ll support you in every aspect of your work with us. You’ll work with an experienced staff member or volunteer, and you’ll receive all the training you need in order to feel confident with what you do for us.

You’ll have opportunities to learn from other volunteers in an informal environment, so that you can share your experiences of helping our patients and families. You’ll be invited to our annual volunteer events, where you can meet other volunteers and keep up with what’s going on at Helen & Douglas House. You’ll also receive our Volunteer Newsletter, which goes out three times a year with all our news and events.

Volunteer with Helen & Douglas House today

Find out more about volunteering opportunities with Helen & Douglas House. Your support makes all the difference to families dealing with the implications of terminal illness.