Volunteering Roles

Choosing to support The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice is a great way to build team spirit and moral. No matter how big or small your organisation, a charity partnership is a great way to focus charitable efforts and encourage employees, suppliers and clients to work together to harness their energies into raising as much as possible for a worthy cause.


help-out-at-the-hospiceVolunteering can give you the opportunity to try something new, gain experience, develop skills and improve your career prospects by building confidence and meeting new people.

Groups and Schools

Whether you are a student or employee or employer, your group could make a big difference to our fundraising by supporting us at one of our events or even holding your own.


We are always looking to recruit new volunteers who can help us raise money and our profile in Staffordshire and South Cheshire. There are a wide range of roles from office admin to helping with our social media through to helping at events. In particular, we welcome any support for our fundraising team, who would really appreciate a helping hand in the office or out and about meeting people or supporting events.

As a part of the holistic support we offer parents and carers, we run pamper days up to four times a year. We need qualified and experienced complementary and beauty therapist to help us deliver these days for parents.

It is essential that our Hospice looks it 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 through to cooking up a treat in our kitchen through serving up great fresh meals for our families and keep 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.

Kitchen Helper

10am-12pm Saturday and Sunday
12pm-2pm Saturday and Sunday
4pm-6pm Monday-Sunday


Anytime/Anyway between 8am-4pm.If you are interested, please print and complete the attached application form and we will arrange for you to meet one of the kitchen team in the next couple of weeks.

We have also attached a next steps sheet which lets you know a little more about the volunteering process, induction, training and what you can expect. We will have more roles available in other departments in January 2017 and our next Volunteer Open Day is Wednesday 11th January 2017 here in the hospice. Please come along to find out about roles in all departments and meet some existing volunteers. You can RSVP quickly by clicking HERE

Why not use a skill you developed during your career and bring them to the Hospice. Running a multi-million pound charity and supporting hundreds of families needs good admin and IT support so we are always looking for interested volunteers.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice fundraising events raise much-needed funds to keep our doors open as well as raising our profile in the community so everyone understands who we are and what we do. Events volunteering is ideal for those who have limited free time but would still like to contribute their time to the Donna Louise. Our events offer flexible opportunities to volunteer on your own, with friends, family or colleagues. For a list of upcoming events please Click Here.

We also always need Box Collectors that organise drop off and pick up of donation tins in business across stoke, this is usually a morning/evening once every two or three months. Get in contact and we can let you know if there is a route that will suit you.

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.

Sibling Support - This role involves looking after siblings when they are in the house for stays and visits during the weekends and school holidays.

Family Buddies - This involves being an extra set of hands for families when they are on trips during the school holidays and weekends.

Family Fun - This role involces getting involved in the planning and delivery family fun events in the hospice and out in the community.

Domestic Volunteer - We are piloting a volunteer role that offers practical support to families in their own homes.

Important Information about Volunteering

Volunteering in the hospice usually that you volunteer at least twice a month (typically a 2-4 hour slot). 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.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer for the hospice, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sabryna Porter on 01782 654440 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, 1 Grace Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8FN

Reception: 01782 654440
Fundraising hotline: 01782 654444
Email: info@donnalouisetrust.org

The Donna Louise Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales No. 3701610 and registered with The Charity Commission No.1075597.