365 days a year, volunteers from our local communities donate their time and talent to the organisation. Working as a vital part of our team, they help to deliver the highest quality of care to patients, carers and their families.
Putting something back into the community is a common reason for people volunteering with us, but volunteering offers more besides: You can learn new skills, gain hands-on experience, meet new people and add to your CV. Volunteers at East Cheshire Hospice fulfil a wide variety of roles; some are skills-based and some use peoples’ experiences of life. Many roles are undertaken on a regular basis to ensure the continuity of care provision and we also have project-based roles that last for a set period of time.
We are currently recruiting for these roles - please click on the link for more information:
We are fortunate to be supported by over 600 volunteers, who do a wide range of activities.
Fundraising is important to East Cheshire Hospice, as we are funded just 17% from the state, we have to raise £7,500 per day just to open our doors. Our community fundraising volunteers do everything from planning and running community events for us, serving teas, baking cakes and making handmade goods for us to sell in our shops. If you’d like to find out more about joining a community support group, please email Lisa Ball, Community Fundraiser LBall@echospice.org.uk.
Working in our shops is a sociable and fulfilling way to raise funds for our Hospice. We have a choice of location – Chestergate in central Macclesfield; Thornton Square on the outskirts of Macclesfield and Handforth at the Paddock. If you’d like to volunteer in retail, you can ask in any of our shops at any time, call 01625 610364 – or click on the application form. We also have an Ebay shop which welcomes help form those familiar with the website, or keen to learn.
Within the Inpatient unit, our ward volunteers assist inpatients and staff with day-to-day activities on the ward; serving meals and refreshments, helping with bed-making and laundry. Our Sunflower day care centre staff are supported by volunteer assistants and activity helpers who look after our day visitors, and carry out a stimulating range of activities for them with. Daycare drivers transport day patients to and from their regular sessions and individual appointments.
Creating and refreshing all flower arrangements and donations of flowers throughout the Hospice provides a wonderful service for our patients, families and staff to enjoy, making the Hospice as welcoming as possible.
Our reception desk is run entirely by volunteers – twelve hours per day, seven days per week fielding business calls and visitors, dealing with enquiries and taking donations, but most importantly, welcoming visitors and so beginning the Hospice care as soon as patients and loved ones come through our doors.
Please take a look at our Volunteer FAQs page and if you would like to put your name forward for a current or future vacancy, please download the application form. Thank you for your interest and support.