Why should you volunteer

There are many and varied reasons why people choose to volunteer and with most people now having very busy lives it can be difficult to find the time. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous not only to the cause you support but to you, your family and your local community. We have lots of ways you can help with volunteering opportunities in Surrey and London.

How it can help you

  • Social benefits: Volunteering can help connect you with your local community. If you have recently moved it can help you get to know your neighbourhood and make new friends.
  • Good for your mind and your body: There is lots of evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on your health
  • Can boost your career options: Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your CV by gaining new skills, knowledge and experience and developing existing skills.
  • Fun and fulfillment: Volunteering can be a fun way to explore new interests, help you feel valued and part of a team whilst making a vital contribution to our cause

How you can help us

Volunteer at our hospices

Our hospices are a friendly, positive and colourful home away from home for the children, young people and their families. Running our hospices is a bit like running your own home – only on a much bigger scale. Our hospice volunteers help us keep everything running smoothly doing a wide variety of tasks such as helping on reception, housekeeping, helping in the kitchen or with general maintenance, gardening or driving our minibus.

Volunteer at our shops

Volunteers are vital in the running of our shops, with more than 250 volunteers working alongside our dedicated shop managers giving their time and expertise to keep our shops open. If you enjoy being part of a team and are passionate about customer service this could be the perfect role for you. Our volunteers help us keep everything running smoothly doing a wide variety of tasks such as making customers feel welcome, processing and pricing donations, steaming clothes and operating the till. We currently have six shops which in Surrey and South-West London. See the locations here.

Volunteer at our events

We know that it is not always possible to commit to volunteering on a regular basis, so volunteering at events is a great way to be able to help at a time that suits you. We have lots of events throughout the year that, without our volunteers, would not be possible. Events volunteers help with all sorts from running a stall at a summer fete and serving refreshments at an event to marshalling at sporting events and cheering on our participants at challenge events. You can always bring your friends and family along too, helping at events is a great fun way to spend time together, while supporting your local children’s hospice charity.

Volunteer with our support team

There are a variety of volunteering roles available, each providing a great opportunity to gain experience in the charity sector, develop existing skills and learn new ones. Volunteers can work alongside our human resources, comms and marketing, finance and fundraising teams, helping with tasks including: reception; writing thank you letters; updating our database; counting money; general admin; making phone calls; internet research and lots more! Although most tasks at our office require basic IT skills, you can also help us by doing non-computer based tasks such as sending mail-outs or packing goody bags!

Have a look at our current volunteering opportunities or contact our Volunteer Development Team for more information.