Volunteering at Bolton Hospice

We need you!

Bolton Hospice is always looking for new faces to bring different skills and qualities into the hospice; no matter your circumstances and background there is a volunteer role to suit you!

To apply please click here to download an application form or call 01204 663 066.

If you are interested in volunteering but are unsure which role will suit you, please contact Margaret Brabbin on 01204 663 066 or email margaret.brabbin@boltonhospice.org

Charity shops volunteer opportunities:

Shop Volunteer

You’ll help run one of our charity shops; sorting stock, replenishing the shop floor and selling donated items to our loyal customers. 

Van Driver Volunteer

As a volunteer Van Driver, you will be busy collecting donations from across the borough of Bolton and delivering back to our shops to be sold. We also have volunteer Drivers' Mates to assist with collections if this is a role you are interested in.

The Old Bank Cafe Volunteer

We recently opened a new cafe connected to our charity shop in Astley Bridge where volunteers will be serving customers, preparing food such as sandwiches, paninis and beverages and ensuring the cleanliness of the cafe. Take a look at our cafe page by clicking here.

To see our latest Shop Volunteer vacancies, please click here or download a shop volunteer application form.

Fundraising volunteer opportunities:

Mascot Volunteer

One of the most fun volunteer roles available at Bolton Hospice is donning a wonderful costume and becoming Cyril the Squirrel at our fundraising events. Cyril is responsible for entertaining crowds and guests at events, the occasional photo-call and generally spreading joy wherever he goes.

Events And Collections Volunteer

Volunteers required on an ad hoc basis to assist with bucket collections, bag packs and manning stalls at community events.
Collections can take place at supermarkets, comedy nights and sporting events whilst community events can include anything from fashion shows to summer fairs to local music festivals. We have something to suit everybody!

Community Fundraising Volunteer

You will represent and promote the hospice's work in the community, attending events and cheque presentations, manning hospice stalls at community events and inspiring others to fundraise for Bolton Hospice.

Hospice volunteer opportunities:

Ward Volunteer

*Please note we’re not taking applications at present due to Covid-19 but will update this page when we are accepting new volunteers*

This volunteer role involves giving assistance to patients and their families by offering attention and support - talking or listening, helping the catering and nursing team to serve meals and refreshments to patients and generally assisting staff on the ward.

We take students from the age of 16, usually in year 12, hoping to do something in the medical field. Students cover shifts in the evening and weekends. Please note we do NOT offer short term placements of a few weeks. 

*Please note we are not accepting any more student applications at present due to Covid-19 but will update this page when we are in a position to recruit new student volunteers.*

Day Unit Volunteer

Volunteering on the Day Unit entails serving light refreshments to our day therapy patients and assisting them in joining in therapeutic activities, helping with lunch-time and chatting/listening to patients.

Reception Volunteer

You can help to cover our main reception desk in the evenings and weekends, talking telephone calls and welcoming visitors. Day Unit reception volunteers are cover the reception desk from Tuesday to Friday during Day Unit opening times, in either the morning or afternoon and welcome both outpatients and day patients and take messages. Reception volunteers at Giles House, our fundraising office, will take donations and direct visitors, as well as assisting with clerical tasks.

Chaplaincy Volunteer

The hospice Chaplain leads a team of valued chaplaincy volunteers whose role is to provide pastoral, spiritual and religious care and support to our patients, their loved ones, carers and staff. They build up strong relationships by listening and empathising with the patients they interact with and have a good knowledge of spiritual issues.

Bereavement Support Volunteer

As a Bereavement Support volunteer at Bolton Hospice, you will conduct support sessions with people who are dealing with a bereavement, helping them through life's most difficult situations.

Garden Volunteer

We have a fantastic team of volunteer gardeners who maintain our hospice grounds and gardens on a weekly basis, ensuring they look tidy and attractive for all visitors and patients. They work hard in all weather to make sure the scene outside of the hospice windows is a welcoming and eye-catching one!

Floristry Volunteer

Bolton Hospice receives donations of beautiful flower arrangements from people following funerals, weddings etc. and our team of Floristry Volunteers use these to create stunning sprays and arrangements for the public areas of the hospice, adding to the warm, homely atmosphere for patients and visitors.

Work experience

*Please note we are not accepting any more student applications at present due to Covid-19 but will update this page when we are in a position to recruit new student volunteers.*

We have a limited number of work experience opportunities for students in Year 10 who are taking part in school work experience schemes.

Please note: we do not offer short term placements for students under 16 years of age doing D of E.

For more information, please contact Margaret Brabbin, Voluntary Services Co-ordinator, on 01204 663 066.

Become part of something special...

There are many benefits of volunteering at Bolton Hospice, such as:

  • Meeting people, making new friends and developing new skills
  • Making the most of your past experience and existing skills to help others
  • Gaining hands-on experience in a healthcare or fundraising environment
  • Making a positive difference to the lives' of our patients and supporters

Whatever your motivation for volunteering, you can be sure that by becoming part of our volunteer team you will be playing a vital part in ensuring that we can provide the very best care possible to our patients, their family and their friends.

As a volunteer you will receive training, on-going support and relevant travel expenses.

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