Volunteering with the Hospice makes a difference

We have over 365 dedicated volunteers in our team and between them they donate approximately 35,000 hours a year of their time. Their time saves the Hospice more than £350,000 every year in salary costs.

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The Hospice of the Good Shepherd provides end of life care free to the communities of Chester, West Cheshire and Deeside. It costs approximately £4million to run our services each year and we only receive 24% from government sources.

This means the Hospice has to generate around £3million each year to continue delivering our services. Last year our volunteers saved us the equivalent of £350,000. We know that the contribution that volunteers make to the Hospice is invaluable. We truly could not offer the support we do to our patients without their help. Every volunteer makes a difference to the lives of our patients and their families.

Our volunteers help in many different areas across the Hospice doing a variety of essential roles from working on our reception, helping our clinical team, helping our housekeeping and catering team and tending our beautiful gardens.

We also have volunteers who assist in our charity shops and work in our warehouse sorting donations and stock to keep our shops well stocked, as well as helping out at our fundraising events.

Our volunteers are people of all ages and backgrounds who want to give back to their community, learn useful skills and make new friends along the way.

Volunteers help us make our care extra special, our shops warm and welcoming, our events run smoothly and keep our gardens beautiful, to name just a few things! We simply would not be here without them.

Be part of something amazing. Start your volunteering journey today. Whatever your experience and skills, we’ll help you find a volunteer role at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd that suits you.

We realise just how important our volunteers are to our organisation.


We would not be able to contine to deliver our essential end of life care without their dedicated support.


Our volunteers work across every department supporting our paid staff.


Nothing is too much trouble and they carry out their duties with a cheerful smile.

We understand that sometimes volunteers are anxious about coming to the Hospice and are unsure what to expect.  However, we can assure you it’s a very rewarding place to work and no matter what area you volunteer in, and no matter how many hours you are able to offer, the work you do will make a big difference to the lives our patients and their families.



Whether it’s helping out in within the Hospice, with our fundraising team or in our retail shops we will have an opportunity for you.


They say we learn something new every day, and when you volunteer with us we make sure you have right skills to the job at hand.  This is  a great way to add new skills to your CV


Across the organisation you will meet and work with a team of professional and dedicated staff and volunteers – you’ll get to make new friends and work as part of a brilliant team.


Volunteering is flexible. We ask that where possible you to do a regular shift of four hours every week or fortnight. You can do more if you wish. If you are unable to commit to a regular shift do please look at our volunteer requirements for our fundraising events as this is much more flexible with regards to time commitment


The work that you do will be making a difference to the lives of local people who are living with a life limiting illness. Click here to learn more about how we help

Where do I start?

Have a look at the list of current vacancies and see what catches your eye.  The best thing is to find one you like, then phone or contact us to find out more information

If nothing on the list appeals to you, or if you’ve got something else in mind, phone the Volunteer Services Manager and we can discuss it with you.

Is there an application form?

Yes. Anyone applying for a volunteer position will need to fill in an application form and will be invited for an informal interview. You can complete the application form on our website by clicking here.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

Most of our volunteering roles do not require formal qualifications but you will need relevant skills or experience. One of the most important requirements is to be interested in people and to have some time to spare. Some volunteer roles will need extra requirements such as a driving licence and/or a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service). Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (dependent upon the volunteer role).

Will I get training?

All of our roles do need certain mandatory training relevant for the volunteer roles you will be working in.  Depending on the role, you will be asked to attend training such as manual handling or food hygiene training. This will be arranged in-house and dates and times will be communicated.

How much time do I need to give?

Some of our volunteering roles will need a regular commitment whilst some others can be more ad-hoc depending on when you are available and what you want to do.

What do I do next?

To see a full list of our volunteering vacancies, scroll further down this page.

Current Volunteer Opportunities