Volunteer, Christophe, sat at the hospice reception desk.


Volunteers are at the heart of our hospice. We are always looking for kind and compassionate people to join our dedicated team and help people in our community to live well for longer.

Volunteering with St John's

Without our volunteers, we could not provide such high quality care for so many people each year. They help ensure the smooth running of our services, providing support for staff, patients and visitors and helping with vital fundraising activities.

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, you just need some spare time and enthusiasm! In return you will make new friends, gain skills and build your confidence while letting you play a key role in your community. It can also improve your career prospects and adds invaluable volunteering experience to your CV.

Whether you excel at sorting shop donations, you’d love to enthusiastically cheer on others at the London Marathon or you can be a friendly person to chat to people in the community, we have a volunteer role with your name on it.

Volunteer, Nadya, in the Inpatient Unit.

“It’s a really special atmosphere.”

“You may think that coming into a hospice is all doom and gloom, but it couldn’t be further from the truth at St John’s. We’ve created such a lovely atmosphere here between volunteers and staff, and our patients and their visitors certainly pick up on that.”

Nadya, Volunteer.

Volunteering opportunities

There are lots of ways you can volunteer with St John’s. From providing support in our Inpatient Unit, being a welcoming face on the reception desk or supporting our fundraising and community engagement by volunteering at our charity shop.

Every single volunteer makes a difference to our hospice and allows us to continue caring for our patients and their loved ones. Learn more about the opportunities below.

Activity Volunteer
Administration Volunteer
Bereavement Support Volunteer
Community Befriending Volunteer
Wellbeing Centre Volunteer
Events and Fundraising Volunteer
Inpatient Unit Volunteer
Reception Volunteer
Retail Volunteer
Telephone Befriending Volunteer

How to apply

Before applying for one of our volunteering roles, please ensure that you have read the below:

  • For all volunteering roles, you must be 18 years old or over. Except for retail and events and fundraising roles for which you must be 16 years old or over.
  • We ask that you are able to commit to a minimum of 6 months of regular volunteering (roughly a few hours each week). Volunteering shifts can take place 7 days a week from 8 am - 7 pm.
  • We ask that all potential volunteers complete an application form and those helping within the hospice undergo a DBS check as well as attend an in-person induction session.
  • If you are not a British national, you will need to ensure you have an appropriate visa or provide confirmation that you are able to work in the UK, even though volunteering is not paid employment. Please note that we are not able to provide sponsorship for anyone wishing to come to the UK to volunteer.

For more information and to sign up for our next recruitment session please contact our team by calling 020 7806 4049 or by emailing volunteers@hje.org.uk.

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