How much of your time would you give to change a life? In fact, what if you could not only change one life by giving up some free time each week, but you could change a number of lives, including your own?
That has been the experience of hundreds of volunteers at St Helena since the hospice first opened its doors back in 1985. Helping people across north east Essex face incurable illness and bereavement, St Helena staff and volunteers support patients, their families, friends and carers in the darkest of times.
St Helena staff could not do what they do, without the incredible passion, dedication and individual experiences of volunteers we have from all backgrounds and all walks of life. No matter their role, our volunteers all contribute towards making a huge difference to the lives of patients, their families and the general running of our organisation.
Commitment, reliability, common sense and flexibility are just some of the qualities which are needed to make a worthwhile and positive contribution. With a variety of roles across all different teams, we have something to suit everyone.
We are extremely fortunate at St Helena to have around 800 dedicated volunteers who contribute a range of skills, interests and individual experiences to support patients and their families. Over 500 of our volunteers assist in the running of the hospice’s shops and donation centre, with retail outlets located across the Colchester and Tendring, including Brightlingsea, Halstead, Tiptree, Clacton and Frinton, with themed shops that specialise in furniture, music, children’s items and books.
Some, but not all roles which volunteers carry out, will bring them into direct contact with patients or their families. Satisfaction in volunteering is all about matching skills, interest, passions and personality with available opportunities, so please have a look at our current vacancies at the bottom of the page.
If you have a specific skill or experience that you would like to offer to one of the teams but not included in the current vacancies, please do get in touch as there may be a project that requires specialist skills and knowledge you can help with.
St Helena offers an array of work experience opportunities, working in partnership with your school, college or organisation to offer you placements in different environments enabling you to learn about the workplace, gain new experiences and discover your strengths, values and interests. Work experience will be beneficial in enhancing your CV and will help you to develop key skills such as communication, problem solving and teamwork.
Work experience is a short term volunteer opportunity to help give you insight into the work you may be looking to pursue in your chosen career path.
If you are interested in completing work experience placements at St Helena, please email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
There are many reasons why people choose to get involved. These are just a few:
The response given by most of our volunteers about why they do it is quite simply because they find it enjoyable and rewarding, knowing they are making a difference.
For roles in our retail or fundraising teams, we accept volunteer applications from anyone aged 16+.
For patient facing roles, we can only accept volunteer applications from anyone aged 18+
There is no upper age limit for joining our volunteer team.
St Helena volunteers are eligible to enrol in our Skills Pathway, an evidence based learning program which demonstrates that a volunteer has attained certain skills, experience and knowledge within their volunteer role for which they receive a certificate at the end of 12 months. The Skills Pathway is not an accreditation or qualification, but has many benefits which can boost your CV.
Some of the benefits of obtaining the Skills Pathway certificate are:
If you would like more information or are an existing volunteer looking to sign up please contact volunteer services team on 01206 931 466 or email@example.com
When you make a donation to St Helena Hospice, we are charged transactional fees by other companies, including fees for processing payments made to us, looking up addresses and validating bank account details.
We are very grateful to our donors who offer to offset some of these fees with a minor addition to their total amount. This is however completely optional and we are very grateful for your support whether or not you choose to contribute to processing fees.Close
We are able to claim an extra 25p on every £1 on your donation amount for no extra cost to you, as long as you are a UK tax payer; have paid enough income tax or capital gains tax in that tax year; and are donating your own money. If you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of your donations in that tax year it is your responsibility to pay any difference. For more information about Gift Aid, please visit https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid