Why volunteer?

Every person's contribution is valued.

Being a Sue Ryder volunteer is a great way to gain skills, meet new people, take an active role in your community and could even help you develop a career in the charity sector. It is also a very meaningful way of giving something back, and helping others to receive incredible care.

We welcome everyone – from young people just starting out in the world of work to individuals with a llifetime of wisdom to share. Our volunteers receive training for the role they choose – be it in healthcare, fundraising or retail – alongside ongoing support. 

As a Sue Ryder volunteer you'll develop your skills and experience, make new friends, and have a really good time along the way.

Discover our variety of voluntary roles


What's in it for you?

Volunteering is great for your personal and career development, and with us you can:

  • begin your career in the not-for-profit sector
  • contribute to your organisation's corporate social responsibility with employee-supported volunteering
  • kick off your ethical footprint in life if you are a school-aged volunteer
  • keep your mind and body active, and boost your social life
  • make the most of your talents, skills and interests.   

Be one of our 11,000 volunteers

Each year, through donating their time and experience, every one of our 11,000 volunteers helps us to provide 2.7 million hours of expert medical, practical and emotional support in our hospices and neurological centres, in people’s homes and in the community.



Find out more

Read our FAQs for answers to common questions about volunteering with us.

Volunteering FAQs

Before you apply, you might also like to read over our guidelines, which are an overview of what you can expect from us and what we expect from you when you join us as a volunteer.

Volunteering guidelines

Don't take it from us – read about others' experiences of giving their time to Sue Ryder.

Our volunteer stories


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