Volunteering at Birmingham St Mary’s is much more than giving time – it’s a way of enriching your life.

Wherever you are on life’s journey, the hospice has a wide variety of roles so you can have a meaningful impact on others, share new experiences, meet friends, and gain skills and confidence.

There are lots of different and exciting volunteering roles depending on your interests and skills.

Whether you can give a couple of hours a week or several days a month, your time will make all the difference.

Last year, our amazing volunteers gave so much of their time to support us:

  • Volunteer Support Workers had 495 patient contacts last year in person or by phone
  • Family and Carer Support volunteers sent 650 letters to people offering support after a bereavement
  • Fundraising groups raised over £17,000
  • 110 volunteers raised over £9,800 during the Big Brum Bucket Collection Weekend 2018
  • Collection volunteers gave over 350 hours, raising more than £19,900 in 61 collections
  • Collection Box coordinators helped raise £29,180 from collection tins across Birmingham and Sandwell
  • 140 Retail volunteers gave 38,405 hours of their time supporting our shops
  • Gardening volunteers dedicated 495 hours maintaining our garden and grounds
  • Maintenance volunteers spent 120 hours providing safety checks to our fleet of vehicles
  • Reception volunteers committed 2,506 hours, welcoming visitors and answering telephone calls

We can’t wait to welcome you to our team.

Please note that volunteer roles cannot be used as training placements. 

We can only consider clinical placement requests from our recognised education partners:

  • University of Birmingham – Nursing, medicine , Physiotherapy & Social worker
  • Birmingham City University – Nursing & Paramedics
  • Coventry University – Occupational therapy

At the Hospice

  • Day Hospice Activity Volunteer

    Reports To: Day Hospice Lead and Volunteer Coordinator

    Location: Day Hospice, Integrated Community Team

    Hours: Flexible,

    Virtual activities: 1-2 hours per week, including planning time for virtual services,

    At the Hospice: 2-3 hours, 1 – 2 x per week, excluding travel time

    Key Duties

    You will…

    • Participate in handover prior to start of Day Hospice services
    • Plan therapeutic interventions, according to your specific skill set and experience
    • Lead therapeutic sessions of approximately 20 – 50 minutes virtually, 2 – 3 hours once or twice a week face to face
    • Liaise with the Day Hospice team after each session, ensuring issues or concerns are communicated
    • Empower patients to engage in social and therapeutic activities in a group setting to improve quality of live and achievement of their goals
    • Provide this service over a virtual platform (Zoom), with the opportunity to participate in face to face services once reopen

    Will the role suit me?

    YES, if you are… 

    • Passionate about providing support to those with life limiting conditions
    • Enthusiastic, reliable and able to lead groups, encouraging participation with a therapeutic intervention within your skill set
    • Able to engage with a diverse range of people, demonstrating compassion and respect
    • Able to lead your session from your own home, through a virtual platform (Zoom), within a confidential environment

    What can Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice offer me as a volunteer? 

    • Membership of a friendly, professional, multi-disciplinary team
    • Ongoing support and development within the volunteer role
    • A chance to use your skills and experience to support others

    For more information, please contact: Community Palliative Care Team Administration

    0121 752 8799 – Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA

    To apply for this exciting new volunteer role, please click on the links below to download the Role Description, Enrolment Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form:

    Virtual Day Hospice Activity Volunteer Role Description

    Volunteer Enrolment Form – General

    Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

    Please send completed forms to: recruitment@birminghamhospice.org.uk

     

     

     

Fundraising

  • Events Volunteer

    Reports to: Events Manager
    Location: Various locations across Birmingham and Sandwell
    Hours/Days: As and when there is an event

     

    Making a Difference

    Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Event volunteers are volunteers who enjoy meeting people, care about their local community, and who want to have fun at the same time! As a volunteer, you will play a vital part in assisting the events team in making sure that Hospice fundraising events run smoothly on the day, ensuring that participants have a fantastic experience. You will also experience and play a valuable role in generating vital funds for the hospice through helping with raffles, games and bucket collections.

    Duties

    There are a number of different aspects of the event that you can get involved in (depending on the event). You will…

    • play a vital role in supporting your local Hospice
    • assist in the setting up and break down of events
    • assist with and enforce car parking arrangements
    • put up signage, balloons, banners, and other Hospice promotional materials
    • register participants and welcome them to the event
    • carry out bucket collections
    • collect and count money received from participants
    • act as a marshal and escort for event participants
    • assist in serving drinks and refreshments
    • sell raffle tickets, Hospice merchandise etc
    • set up and man a stall (including pricing goods)
    • provide participants with certificates, goody bags and evaluation forms
    • facilitate an activity e.g. operating a game

     

    Will the role suit me? YES, if you are…

    • Enthusiastic & cheerful with a positive attitude
    • Reliable & trustworthy
    • Good with people and enjoy interacting with the public
    • A team player
    • Flexible (events tend to be held at evenings and weekends)
    • Respectful of diversity
    • Passionate about helping families in your local community
    • Good communication/customer service skills

    What can BSMH offer me as a volunteer?

    • The feel good factor – knowing that you are making a difference and supporting your local community
    • An opportunity to develop new skills and experiences along with adding to your career and/or personal development
    • Training where relevant – i.e. event training on the day
    • Enhanced knowledge of the hospice and the services that the Hospice provides

    Our upcoming events opportunities:

    Ride the Reservoir – Sunday 18th July 2021

    Volunteers needed between 8am and 5pm (let us know if you can only support for a few hours).

    Enchanted 10k Walk – Saturday 11th September 2021

    Volunteers needed between 3pm and 10pm (let us know if you can only support for a few hours).

    Great Birmingham Run – Sunday 10th October 2021

    Cheering Station

    Volunteers needed between 10am and 3pm (let us know if you can only support for a few hours).

    For more information, please contact: 

    The Fundraising Department

    on 0121 472 1191 or email events@birminghamhospice.org.uk

    Events Volunteer Role Description

    Volunteer Enrolment Form 

    Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Retail

  • Volunteer stock and sales assistant

    Reports to: Site specific shop manager 
    Location: Site specific shop
    Hours/Days: Flexible

    Key Duties

    As a Stock & Sales Assistant you will help the shop management team create a well-presented shop where customers get great service. You will assist in sorting and preparing stock ready for sale, and be trained in delivering an excellent customer experience on the shop floor and at the till point to both our customers and stock donors. You will be encouraged to use your creative flair to enhance stock presentation and become fully involved in assisting with retail fundraising activities to generate extra income. You will assist in maintaining a safe and friendly work environment for existing shop volunteers and support the recruitment and training of new ones.

    Will the role suit me? YES, if you are…

    • Enthusiastic & cheerful with a positive attitude
    • Reliable & trustworthy
    • Good with people and enjoy interacting with the public
    • A team player
    • Respectful of diversity
    • Passionate about helping families in your local community
    • Good communication/customer service skills

    What can BSMH offer me as a volunteer?

    • The feel good factor – knowing that you are making a difference and supporting your local community
    • An opportunity to develop new skills and experiences along with adding to your career and/or personal development
    • Training where relevant – i.e. event training on the day
    • Enhanced knowledge of the hospice and the services that the Hospice provides

    For more information, please contact: 

    Joanne Howard, Retail Administration and Volunteer Manager on joanne.howard@birminghamhospice.org.uk

    Volunteer stock and sales assistant

    Volunteer Enrolment Form 

    Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form