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Current Volunteering Vacancies – January 2017

Could you spare a few hours to support patient care or raise vital funds for your local hospice?

Whether you’re looking for a good way to use some spare time, or to develop your skills, volunteering for Dr Kershaw’s can be extremely rewarding…and fun! In return for your time, we’ll offer you training and support as well as invites to social events.

We can also provide you with a reference if you are job seeking or studying.

If you are aged 16+ and interested in any of the roles below, please contact us for further information or register your interest?


At Our Shops

in Chadderton, Lees, Oldham, Royton & Shaw


Retail Volunteer

Monday – Saturday, a minimum of 4 hours either 9.30 – 1.30pm or 1pm – 4.30pm

Chadderton – Monday – Saturday am & pm

Shaw - Tuesday pm, Friday and Saturday am & pm

Royton - Monday/Friday/Saturday am, Wednesday & Friday pm

This volunteer role supports the operation of our shops, with the purpose of maximising sales, profitability and the positive perception of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Our shop volunteers tell us they enjoy the fantastic teamwork at the stores and knowing that everything they raise supports patient care. This can be a physically demanding and fast paced role as it includes sorting and pricing goods, moving stock, merchandising and using a till. 


At The Hospice

Turf Lane, Royton

We currently have very few opportunities available at the Hospice; we have been very popular lately! We welcome applications for any of the opportunities listed. If you are interested in other roles, you are welcome to let us know, but we cannot guarantee a position will become available in the short term. We will do our best to acknowledge your application within 14 days.




Bank receptionists Our volunteer receptionists provide a warm and friendly welcome for all visitors and users of the hospice, as well as providing a helpful response to enquiries in person and over the phone. We currently do not have any full time opportunities on reception available but this may change in the future. If you would be interested in your application being held on file until an opportunity becomes available, you are welcome to apply.

 When? Ideally you will be flexible and willing to undertake one of the following shifts between Monday and Sunday, as required 9am-12 noon, 12-3pm, 3- 6pm or 6-8pm. Applications from people willing to volunteer between 6-8pm and at weekends are especially welcome.



Mondays & Tuesday afternoons:

Have you got green fingers? Your help in keeping our grounds and garden looking good throughout the season would be really welcome.


Gardening Team Leader: Flexible

We will be looking to develop our grounds in the next few seasons, and are looking for people with an interest in vegetable growing and garden design to support the process. Ideally, you will enjoy working collaboratively with a group of other volunteers, and be able to make a regular commitment to helping us develop our grounds.


Event Volunteers

ad-hoc, normally weekends and evenings:

Whether you enjoy the buzz of helping a big event to run well, or want to make a huge impact with just a few hours of your time, events volunteering can be a really satisfying way to make a difference. What’s more, you can be assured that all funds raised will go directly back into patient care, so you’ll make a huge impact in just a few hours. This is a varied role which could include being outside, manning a stall at the summer fair or cheering at the finishing line. It could include working early mornings and late evenings, as well as weekends, on an ad-hoc basis.


Bank patient escorts

(ambulance and own car transport):

We would welcome applications for individuals who would like to be considered as a back-up driver for the patient transport pool (using your own car, with expenses paid) or as a back up patient escort for Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.


Administrative Support

volunteering & fundraising:

Regular opportunity available during office hours, but flexibly

Would you be able to spare a few hours a week to help us update our databases? This is a flexible opportunity, which would suit someone with an administrative background, who feels confident using a computer. No experience of databases is essential, but would be beneficial. Due to staff availability, we will not normally be able to offer this opportunity during evenings and weekends.   


I’m interested, what do I do now?

Great! You can register your interest here.

If you’d like to know more about becoming a volunteer and supporting care at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, please contact our Volunteer Manager Vicky Richardson on or 0161 624 2727.

Some roles at the Hospice are subject to a standard or enhanced DBS check due to contact with vulnerable people. Declaring that you have a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with us, but please be prepared to discuss this in confidence with us when you apply.