Volunteering

Download our Application form and send it to Miss Bellingham, St Kentigern Hospice, Upper Denbigh Road, St Asaph, Denbighshire. LL17 0RS

Download the application form here, or our guide to volunteering here, or a leaflet here.

Why Volunteer?

This is what our volunteers say:

  • I enjoy meeting people
  • I want to put something back into this world
  • It makes me feel useful again

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

Opportunities to Volunteer

Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people

Reception A vitally important role, as the receptionist is often the first point of contact for anyone ringing or visiting the Hospice, answering the busy telephone, dealing with enquiries, and passing on messages.

Day Therapy Unit Volunteers help with general tasks, talking with patients and serving meals.

Drivers Using their own cars, drivers transport patients to and from the hospice, generally once a week. A fuel allowance is made. Drivers need fully comprehensive insurance, a valid driving license and permission from their insurance company to use their car for this purpose.

Retail  We are always looking for assistance in our charity shops across the area. If you have a couple of hours to spare each week and would like to join our friendly team,  call Phyllis Jones on 01745 583170 or download an application form 

In-Patient Unit volunteers help with a variety of non-nursing tasks as requested by the nursing staff. These might include answering the door, giving help to patients, their relatives or visitors, arranging flowers, answering the telephone, and other duties as required.

Fundraising & Events Our fundraising team work tirelessly to raise the funds to maintain hospice services at St Kentigern. Volunteers are very valuable to the team in both administration roles in the office, to helping at events from marshalling to bucket collecting and to aid with promotion of the hospice.

Training

Following a satisfactory interview and CRB check, when you start your duties you will be given a tour of the Hospice and an introduction to key personnel, and training in the duties with which you will be asked to help.

As a Volunteer at the Hospice you will be expected to attend various educational sessions. These include mandatory training in moving and handling objects, health and safety and food hygiene. You will also be expected to attend an induction day within three months of commencing your duties.

Further courses will be available throughout your time here, relating to all aspects of your voluntary work. Details of training programmes will be advertised on the Volunteer notice board.

Regular Attendance and Punctuality

Only commit yourself to hours that you can reasonably expect to keep. Reliability is very important and you can always increase your commitment later. Always try to arrive on time. Other staff and volunteers may have organised their work to include you. If you are unable to attend, please let the Hospice know as soon as possible so that, if necessary, we have time to find a replacement.

Meals and drinks are available at a modest charge. Meals have to be ordered before 11am.