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1st June 2022

Uncover the benefits of volunteering this National Volunteers Week

Here at St Helena we are incredibly lucky to have over 780 dedicated volunteers who are an integral part of the daily running of the hospice and treasured members of the hospice community. It’s thanks to the time, skills and individual experiences of each volunteer that we are able to do what we do.

Our volunteers help support St Helena in a variety of roles across many areas of the hospice, from gardening, to sorting donations, ensuring the smooth running of events, assisting within our shops and lending a helping hand up at the hospice. Without their time, effort, reliability and passion for making a difference we wouldn't be able to offer the care and support we do to families across north east Essex who face incurable illness and bereavement.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds, with all skillsets!

One of our smiling volunteers: Graham

Discover the benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience. Many people find volunteering is a great way to acquire a wide range of skills, learn within new environments, meet new people, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences with others.

There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer with St Helena, but here are a few examples:

  1. To support the work of the hospice
  2. To give something back to the local community
  3. To learn new skills and utilise your current skills to help others
  4. To improve your CV
  5. As an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  6. To do something inspiring
  7. It’s good for your mental and physical health – it feels good to know you are helping support others going through a difficult period in their life
  8. It allows you to keep your hand in work

Do I need skills and experience?

For a large number of our volunteering roles you do not require any specific skills or experience, simply a friendly, positive attitude, enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. There are a wide variety of volunteering positions on offer throughout our charity to suit your availability and skills.

How much time do I have to give?

Whatever time you can offer! Whether you have as little as one to two hours a week or month or are available as frequently as most days, we are sure to find a volunteering role to suit your lifestyle.

What age do I have to be to apply?

We accept volunteer applications from anyone aged 16+ for retail or fundraising roles, however for any other volunteering role you must be aged 18 or over.

In what areas can I volunteer?

We offer a broad range of volunteer opportunities across our charity with roles in areas such as:

  • Gardening
  • Retail teams
  • Within our donation centres
  • Complementary therapists
  • Within the chaplaincy team
  • Hospice receptionist
  • Ecommerce assistant
  • Fundraising and event support 

This is not an exhaustive list as there are so many different roles within St Helena to choose from so please do contact our volunteer services team to find out more.

meet our volunteers

How do I know which role is for me?

Some people like to help out in a role in their area of expertise and apply for a volunteer role within the background of their profession, while others prefer to do something completely new and different. The choice is yours and if you would like more information on the volunteer roles we have available our volunteer services team would be delighted to have a chat! They can look at all the available roles and options available to help you find the perfect volunteer position to suit your skills and personality.

Get in touch

Check out our latest volunteer vacancies at 

Alternatively, please contact our volunteer services team by calling 01206 931 466 or email

Thank you to every one of our volunteers for all that you do

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