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
Your hospice really needs help in our 5 shops, to help us raise as much money as possible.
We have availability on most days at our shops, but would really welcome applications to help on the following sessions
Chadderton – Wednesday - Friday am & pm
Lees - Monday and Friday am & pm
Oldham - Monday, Wednesday and Friday pm
Shaw - Wednesday am & pm & Thursday pm
Royton - Monday/Tuesday/Saturday am, & 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.
We also welcome applications for stock processing behind the scenes and visual merchandisers, cleaning help and more! If you have a particular skill that you think would benefit our shops, then we would love to hear from you.
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.
(Tuesdays – Thursday afternoons)
Could you help keep the hospice looking its best and support the patient experience by assisting our housekeepers? We are looking for friendly and helpful people to help keep our patient facing areas looking their best – especially by keeping our beverage kitchen sparkling and helping wash up after lunch service. This role involves a lot of standing as well as some lifting and bending.
Do you enjoy making people feel welcome? Are you well organised and someone who always likes to give service with a smile? If so, we would welcome your help on our busy reception. We have a couple of shifts available presently including 3-6pm on a Thursday and Monday evenings. We also welcome applications for ‘occasional’ receptionists who would be prepared to help cover shifts during weekdays (9-12 noon, 12-3pm, 3-6pm) to cover for volunteer absence. This may suit you if you have experience as a receptionist and would not mind being called occasionally to help at the hospice.
Have you got green fingers? Your help in keeping our grounds and garden looking good throughout the season would be really welcome. We will be making changes to our garden this year and are looking to develop some teams of gardeners who can support the fantastic work of our existing Wednesday team. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
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.
Have fun and make a massive difference in just a few hours. 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.
Do you enjoy driving? Would you like to support patients directly? Due to the increasing success of our Day Hospice service, we are looking to increase our pool of day hospice drivers. You would assist by regularly bringing in 1-2 patients to day hospice (for a 9.30am start) and taking them home. If you are friendly, aged over 25 and with a clean driving licence and access to your own vehicle, this role could be right for you.
We would particularly welcome applications from people based in Failsworth and Grasscroft, as these areas are currently under-represented in our team as well as from drivers who would be willing to be ‘on call’ for one day per week.
We are currently looking to expand our pool of volunteer drivers for the ambulance due to expanding day hospice services, and would welcome applications from potential drivers who would be prepared to drive our ambulance to collect patients for assessments, as and when needed, on Fridays. We would also welcome applications for relief drivers who would be prepared to fill in for illness or other absences on Mondays – Fridays.
We will also be advertising for a driver for our mens’ group on Tuesdays, for excursions.
You will receive full training for this role but will need to be aged between 25 and 69 when applying, with a full clean driving licence.
We will soon have a vacancy on our hospice van rota for a Tuesday driver. This role would suit you if you enjoy being out and about and would like to support the transfer of goods between our sites. You will also help with collections of goods from supporters homes, so the role is ideal for someone who is comfortable lifting and carrying items and who enjoys meeting people.
We would also welcome applications for relief van drivers, who would be prepared to do shifts on an occasional basis to cover for volunteer absence or who would consider a role share with another volunteer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.