Volunteer with us
Volunteers are our bread and butter and we simply would not function without them.
There are plenty of ways you can help and you can dedicate as much or as little time as you wish. Many of our current volunteers found they had time on their hands after retiring or when their children started school, and they want to use their skills to help a good cause. But we also offer opportunities for younger people, students and graduates to improve their CV.
Volunteering at The Donna Louise Children's Hospice is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience and can offer the opportunity to meet new friends, gain new skills and give something back to a local good cause.
Click on one of the below boxes that most suit you and see what you could get involved with.
Manual set up for an event
Come along and help to set up for one of our incredible events. This would involve putting our branded gazebos up, lifting and moving tables, unloading heavy boxes, cleaning the area and setting up our stalls. This usually involves an early start (8am) but you would be home in time to start the day as normal with a warm heart knowing you have helped our events team.
Manual take down for an event
This involves the same tasks as above, but simply in reverse after the event has ended. These times and locations can be very varied.
This volunteering role is obviously not the most glamourous, however we have great fun tidying up after an event and more hands make lighter work, so if you only have an hour to spare this is a fantastic way to get involved.
Lend a helping hand at one of our store collections. It’s a great way to meet new people and help spread the word about our services, plus you’ll be helping us to raise the £3 million we need each year.
This is a role to cheer on the athletes and make sure they complete the course safely. This is such an important role and without our Marshalls we would not be able to run the events we do. We have a fantastic pool of Marshall but we are always looking for more to join. It’s a great way to meet new people and make some great friendships.
Manning a Stall
This could be anything from selling cakes, Donna Louise merchandise, toys or raffle tickets at our Christmas fayre to handing out medals or goodie bags at our Family Fun Run. You could even try your hand at face painting.
Santa's little helpers
Become one of Santa’s little elves at grotto in the Roebuck shopping centre or our Christmas fayre or even come along to the hospice and help us decorate. If you enjoy the festive period as much as we do then these are certainly the roles that will suit you. These events are very high energy and we have some great fun.
It is essential that our Hospice looks its best for our families and we rely on an army of volunteers who work across the Hospice. From helping out with the laundry and ironing to provide lovely fresh bedding for our children, to cooking up a treat in our kitchen and serving up great fresh meals for our families and keeping the place in tip top condition. When you visit the Hospice the very first volunteers you are likely to meet are those who man our reception area or work across the grounds and gardens.
- 10am-12pm Saturday and Sunday
- 12pm-2pm Saturday and Sunday
- 4pm-6pm Monday-Sunday
As a shop volunteer you'll be the face of the Charity and make a big difference to how the public sees us and the work we do.
You'll help make our shops a success on the High Street, meet new people and get retail experience. Opportunities include either working on the shop floor to help our customers and ring up their purchases on the till or behind the scenes sorting stock and preparing items for sale. To download an application form for our shops please click here.
You can volunteer your staff time to help with projects at the Hospice including gardening, maintenance and building projects.
Put the "feel good factor" into your business today by supporting The Donna Louise Children's Hospice.
What do I have to do to become a volunteer?
It's easy – just fill out an application form so we can find out what your interests are to find the best role for you. Please tell us which volunteer role you would be interested in.
What happens if there are no volunteer roles advertised that I am interested in or that I feel I have the skills to do?
Don't worry, please send us your details through and we will contact you when we have something that matches your availability and preferences.
I can only volunteer a couple of hours so would that be a problem?
Volunteering is flexible and we work with you to find something that you enjoy doing in the time you have available.
Do I need a DBS Check if I'm to be with children and young people?
The DBS is an enhanced criminal check for all people working with, or around, children and young people. There is no charge for volunteers for the check to be carried out.
What happens after I have sent my application off?
We have a recruitment scheme for all our volunteers to guide you through enrolment and then to support you when you join our family of fundraisers with training and events.
For more information about volunteering in general check out these links:
Important information about Volunteering
Volunteering in the hospice usually requires that you volunteer at least twice a month (typically a 2-4 hour slot per week). We ask that volunteers consider their availability when interested in roles in house. The process of becoming a volunteer can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks depending on the role. Roles include supporting children and families, housekeeping, kitchen help, gardening, communications, administration and fundraising.
In house roles require:
• Full enhanced DBS check
• Informal interview
• Two reference checks
• Two-three training evenings (to be completed within 3 months of starting)
• 2 hour role induction session
This process requires an investment of time, money and other resources from The Donna Louise. If you do not think you can maintain a commitment to The Donna Louise for at least 6 months we ask that you consider a volunteer role in the community.