About Volunteering - East Cheshire Hospice

About Volunteering

Who can volunteer?

We pride ourselves on having a volunteering opportunity for everyone – people over 18 are welcome to apply to volunteer in the Hospice itself, and people under 18 can give a great deal and improve their CVs offering event help, and working in our shops (Saturday mornings or afternoons are always welcome!) If you work full time, again retail or event volunteering, and weekend and evening ward or reception volunteering are great options.

You may have a little more time in the week, if so your local support groups all over Cheshire East are looking for more members to fundraise and spread the word about the Hospice! There are a few roles within the Hospice itself that we frequently recruit for, and if we don’t have an opening at the moment then send an email hsmith@echospice.org.uk with the sort of area you’re interested in, and we will keep your interest on file.

We follow up references on all our volunteers. Roles within the Hospice are subject to a DBS check (free for volunteers), a small amount of annual training, plus role training. No one will ever be asked to volunteer until they feel fully comfortable in the role. Below are a few ideas of where you might like to volunteer, and what our volunteers get out of their time with us.

Spotlight on Community Volunteering

With Dementia affecting 1 in 14 people in our community, East Cheshire Hospice is proud to play its part. You can help us to deliver amazing care that helps with person with early stage dementia, and their carer too. A volunteer is matched up with a person, based on shared interests so they can enjoy shared interests, whilst giving their carer a few hours break, during which time they could get their hair done, meet friends, take exercise, or whatever suits them. This can take place any time during the day and we ask the volunteer to commit to a couple of hours, once a week or fortnight. No personal care is involved, and full support will be given to you throughout training and volunteering, so you can concentrate on enjoying making a real difference to the life of the person and their carer.

You don’t need to have had any previous experience of working with people with dementia – a caring nature and a willingness to learn are our only requirements!

For an informal chat contact Helena Smith on 01625 664984, or email HSmith@echospice.org.uk

 Can you help in our shops?

We have three charity shops and often our customers have personal ties to the Hospice and they may have a story behind their donations. It’s sociable work at the heart of our community and our retail volunteers act as ambassadors for the Hospice, extending the caring ethos of the Hospice to them in taking the time to listen to their experiences, but it goes without saying that working as a vital part of our retail team, you will be helping to raise the £7,500 per day we need to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients and their loved ones. If you’d like to find out more about how you can support our customers and to fund the care we deliver then please look here for the latest vacancies in our shops.

Young people and Work Experience

For work experience, more information on our work experience can be found here www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/jobs/work-experience/. We are able, from time to time, to take younger applicants, aged 14-18 in our shops where you can improve your CV with skills such as teamwork, time management, problem solving and communication with our warm and friendly team – as well as raising valuable funds for your local hospice.

Counselling placements:

Unfortunately we are not able to take counselling placements at the moment.

How to donate to East Cheshire Hospice

Thank you so much for choosing to support East Cheshire Hospice. You may never know how much your gift means, but we know that it will make the world of difference to our patients and their families.