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.

At the Hospice

  • Community Bereavement Volunteer

    Reports To: Bereavement Counsellor

    Location: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

    Department Manager: Head of Family and Carer Support Team (FaCST)

    Hours:  Flexible

    Making a Difference: To provide 1:1 telephone support to bereaved individuals in the community.

    Key Duties

    You will…

    • Provide telephone bereavement support to help individuals in the community explore their grief and find ways of coping
    • Help individuals to process and make sense of their bereavement
    • Attend regular supervision.
    • Respect and maintain confidentiality
    • Keep the Bereavement Counsellor updated after each telephone contact.
    • Ensure any issues or concerns are communicated to the Bereavement Counsellor.

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

    • A trainee/qualified counsellor or someone with experience of supporting vulnerable individuals.
    • Someone with excellent listening and communication skills.
    • Able to understand the impact of a bereavement upon an individual’s life and wellbeing.
    • An enthusiastic, reliable and motivated individual.

    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 in need.

    You can download the role description, person specification, enrolment form and equalities monitoring form, by clicking on the links below:

    Role Description 

    Volunteer Specification

    Volunteer Enrolment Form

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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

    Alternatively, please print and complete forms and send to the address below.

    HR Team, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA

                                                                   Registered charity no 503456 

    The Hospice is committed to developing a dynamic and diverse workforce, representative of the communities it serves. We ask you, therefore, to complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form to help us in this aim

    For more information, please contact:

    Beth Hopkins

    07966 165287

    bethany.hopkins@birminghamhospice.org.uk

  • Support at Home Telephone Befriending Volunteer

    Reports To: Support at Home Co-Ordinators

    Location: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

    Department Manager: Head of Family and Carer Support Team (FaCST)

    Hours:  Flexible

    Making a Difference: To provide regular telephone support to patients who are referred into the Support at Home service.

    The support provided by a Support at Home Telephone Befriending Volunteer will mean a great deal to patients who just want someone to talk to. As a volunteer you will make a huge difference to the individuals you support.

    Key Duties – You will…

    • Support socially isolated patients by providing regular telephone contact
    • Contact services and organisations for information and advice where appropriate.
    • Keep Support at Home Co-Ordinators updated after each telephone contact
    • Ensure any issues or concerns are communicated to the Support at Home Co-Ordinators

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

    • Someone with good listening and communication skills.
    • Able to understand the effects of a patient’s illness and how it impacts on them and their families/carers.
    • Able to work in a positive and professional manner

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

    • Membership of a friendly, professional, multi-disciplinary team.
    • Full training and ongoing development within the volunteer role.
    • A chance to use your skills and experience to support others in need.

    You can download the role description, person specification, enrolment form and equalities monitoring form, by clicking on the links below:

    Role Description 

    Volunteer Specification

    Volunteer Enrolment Form

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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

    For more information, please contact:

    Support at Home Service Co-Ordinators

    07966 185800 or 07966 165394

    Or email supportathome@birminghamhospice.org.uk

  • Spiritual Care Volunteer

    Reports To:  Head of Family and Carer Support Team

    Location: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

    Hours: Flexible

    Making a Difference: Everyone has spiritual needs whether or not they are religious.  Meeting the spiritual needs of individuals with a life limiting illness can be a source of great comfort. As a Spiritual Care volunteer you will provide a holistic approach to patients, relatives and staff.

    Key Duties – You will…

    • Offer comfort and support to patients and relatives
    • Help patients and carers prepare spiritually for death and loss
    • Identify and arrange appropriate spiritual, pastoral or religious support
    • Work in an open minded and non-judgmental way

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

    • A warm and caring human being
    • Ready to engage in active listening
    • Positive about working with people of all different faiths and none
    • Able to maintain personal and professional boundaries

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

    • Full training and ongoing development within the volunteer role
    • Membership of a friendly, multidisciplinary team
    • A chance to draw on your own life experience and skills

    You can download the role description, person specification, enrolment form and equalities monitoring form, by clicking on the links below:

    Role Description 

    Volunteer Specification

    Volunteer Enrolment Form

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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

    For more information, please contact: Family and Carers Support Team on 0121 472 1191 – Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA

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