Our 400 volunteers give around 50,000 hours of their time to Bury Hospice each year.

The work volunteers do for us contributes enormously to the range of services we can offer patients and families; without them we could not do all that we do. We value our volunteers and support them through training that prepares them for the areas in which they choose to work.

As a volunteer there are many areas where your help is needed. If you have a little spare time, take a look at some of the volunteering roles which may appeal to you:

Reception  – We aim to cover the reception area in the hospice all day and into the evening. Reception is run entirely by volunteers. Duties are mainly answering the telephone, welcoming visitors and performing routine clerical duties.

Day Services – This service provides a happy and homely atmosphere in which patients can meet  with the benefits of specialist nursing care. Volunteers are required to provide a happy and friendly service to patients by serving drinks, helping to serve meals, sitting with or reading to them or even playing cards or other games. Day Services volunteers must be aged 18 or over.

Patient Assistant – This new volunteer role is to enhance the patients’ and relatives/carers experience of the hospice by ensuring that the inpatient unit is always a welcoming place.  The role is varied and flexible to support the needs of patients and relatives/carers and you would need to demonstrate approachability, empathy, courtesy and confidentiality. Patient Assistant volunteers must be aged 18 or over.

Ward Clerk  – This role is to promote a welcoming environment to visitors and callers, providing admin support to ensure that the inpatient unit operates efficiently.     

Crafts and diversional therapies – We are always looking for volunteers with talents in craft activites. Typical skills include painting,  card making, needlework etc. Such skills can be passed onto patients.

Entertaining Patients – If you are a singer or can play a musical instrument, you may be interested in performing for our patients in the Day Hospice.

Patient Drivers – Transport is vital for the Day Hospice patients who do not have access to transport. We need volunteers to collect patients from home at 9.30am and return them again at 3pm. Travel expenses are reimbursed.

Hospice Shops – There are presently four Hospice Shops situated in Bury, Radcliffe, Prestwich and Ramsbottom and a furniture warehouse based in Radcliffe. The shops raise vital funds for the Hospice. Volunteering in our shops can be fun and tasks may include sorting, preparing and pricing stock prior to sale, working on the shop floor, till, window dressing and providing excellent customer service.

Radcliffe Warehouse – Our Radcliffe warehouse is open Monday – Friday between 10am and 4pm. This together with the shops, is the main reception centre for all our donated clothes and household items. Duties include sorting, steaming, pricing and labelling. We now sell furniture from the Radcliffe warehouse and we are always looking for sales assistants here too.

Warehouse and Shop Drivers – We have a thriving goods collection service whereby people who do not have transport themselves are still able to donate goods for sale in the Hospice shops. We require drivers and driver’s mates to undertake these collections from peoples’ homes and to distribute goods and information between the warehouse and shops on a daily basis Monday to Friday.

Gardening – Enthusiastic amateur gardeners are always welcome to keep the gardens looking neat and tidy.

Clerical Duties – We have a small group of volunteers who undertake general clerical duties within the Hospice, the Fundraising department and the Lottery office. Duties include photocopying, filing, post etc. We are currently looking for volunteers with computer skills who could help to produce a newsletter for our volunteers.

Fundraising – Involvement in this department covers a variety of roles. Regular duties involve answering the telephone, welcoming visitors to the office, accepting donations, counting cash and banking, database work and preparation of collecting boxes and donation buckets, distribution of merchandise and assistance with mailings. We also have a need for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to take part in bucket collections, bag-packings and man stalls at events.

Lottery – The success of the lottery is vital to ensure guaranteed income for the future of the Hospice. Roles within this department include clerical/computer duties, helping with the promotion of the lottery, which includes selling single tickets at outside venues, delivering leaflets, and collecting from agents. If you like variety and the chance to get out and meet people, your support here would be greatly appreciated.

Why volunteer ?

There are lots of reasons for volunteering and many people feel they gain more than they give. Some of the benefits our volunteers say they gain include:

  • learning new skills
  • gaining experience for future employment
  • meeting new people
  • increasing confidence
  • giving something back to the local community
  • feeling valued and making a difference

Training and support

You can feel confident that you will be highly valued and well supported in your volunteer role at Bury Hospice.

As a volunteer you will need to attend an induction day and have the opportunity to shadow a more experienced volunteer or do relevant training before you start. You will also have a line manager who will give you support and advice.

Who can volunteer?

Bury Hospice welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds. You just need some spare time, energy and enthusiasm. You will also need to attend an Induction training day plus any mandatory training required for your particular role.

Most roles are open to anyone aged 16 or over who can give a minimum commitment of six months.

We follow up references on all our volunteers. If you would like to work directly with patients and families, we will also ask you to complete a Criminal Records Bureau disclosures form.

Depending on individual circumstances, a health problem or a criminal record does not necessarily exclude you from volunteering.

Corporate volunteer support

We have benefited greatly by different organisations coming to the hospice and doing work around the grounds and buildings.

There have been a number of jobs this year so far such as improving the garden areas around the Hospice and some painting in our patient rooms.

Many companies that have done this type of work for us really enjoy doing something different for the day and getting their teams working on a different project, there appear to be some great team building opportunities.

We have quite a few jobs throughout the year and are always so grateful for any support, so if you or anyone in your team are able to help, please contact annekelly@buryhospice.org.uk  or call Anne  0161-725-9800 extn. 219.


“ I really love volunteering at Bury Hospice. We always have fun and are made to feel welcome.

Stephen Bonsall, Community Life Champion at Asda Radcliffe


I am really passionate about working in my local community. Helping regularly at the hospice gives me an opportunity to get involved in local projects.” 

Gill Wolfenden, Asda Pilsworth


Volunteers make a huge difference in many areas including our shops, fundraising, patient and family care and in our gardens. We simply could not achieve what we do without their time and talents.