How you can help

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There’s a huge range of roles within Sue Ryder. Volunteers brighten the days of people in our hospices and neurological centres; they help keep our services and shops running smoothly; they are befrienders and buddies, event organisers and fundraisers.

Retail volunteering in one of our shops isn't just about sales targets. At Sue Ryder, there are so many roles to choose from, at all levels; you could develop your office admin skills, take the lead in one of our community events, provide wonderful customer service, create enticing displays, or you could be our advocate on social media.

There is a fundraiser in all of us and you can get involved in our existing activities or organise your own. Whether you can run a coffee morning or a marathon, hold a summer ball or set up a fundraising group in your area, we really need your support to provide our care. Rise to the challenge and become one of our hospice heroes.

It’s great working at Sue Ryder as I get to meet so many different people. I actually have people come in asking to have a 'chat with Gran', which is lovely and keeps your mind and body busy."

Volunteers support our hospices and care centres in many ways, from providing a warm welcome on reception, helping patients relax with complementary therapies or take part in activities, and preparing delicious meals to helping with day to day admin that keeps our centres running smoothly.

Sue Ryder offers community based befriending in Doncaster and Newbury, as well as buddy services in our centres. Volunteer befrienders and buddies are patient and compassionate, and sign up to a long term commitment needed to get to know service users on a one to one basis.

Young people aged 14 to 25 are more than welcome to join our volunteers, and we offer a range of positions and placements across our shops, care centres and hospices in addition to fundraising and event initiatives. Volunteering with Sue Ryder offers young people an ideal way to boost their CV, gain healthcare experience, develop their self-confidence and transferable employability skills, and meet the diverse and dedicated individuals in our teams.

We also engage currently serving and ex-offenders as volunteers. We launched this pioneering initiative in 2006 and are extremely proud of its positive impact on prisoners’ rehabilitation and re-integration into society. Learn more about our Prison Volunteer Programme.

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Any questions about volunteering?

Check our FAQs, or get in touch for more information about how you can get involved. Email us at or call 0808 164 4572.