What type of volunteer roles do you offer?

Usually, there are a huge range of volunteering roles within Sue Ryder, from helping in our care centres to supporting our charity shops. Due to the current Government coronavirus restrictions and limited visitor access across our hospices, we currently have a limited number of roles available, but the support of volunteers continues to be vital to Sue Ryder.

A home working volunteer at their laptop with a cup of tea.

Throughout the pandemic, Sue Ryder volunteers have been a force for good. They have enabled us to continue to provide expert care, open our shops to the public and in so many other ways they have helped us be there when it matters.

Due to COVID-19, the latest national Government restrictions mean that we have a very limited number of volunteer roles available right now, but we would love to know a little bit more about you so we can get in touch if the right opportunity opens up in the future.

Please complete an online application, including a little bit of information about your experiences to date and any ideas that you might have around the type of volunteer role that you might like. This will help us to match you to the right opportunity with Sue Ryder.

Types of volunteer roles

Hospice and care centres

Volunteers play a huge part in supporting the delivery of our services. Whether they’re running a marathon to raise funds for our centres or comforting a patient during the last hours of their life, volunteers make it possible for Sue Ryder to do all the amazing things we do.

Here are just a few examples of the types of volunteer roles we offer across our centres:

  • Gardening and maintenance
  • Spiritual care support
  • Befriending
  • Reception and admin
  • Complementary therapies
  • Hospice biographer

Over the coming months, roles across our hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community will begin to increase again. To register your interest please contact your nearest hospice or neurological care centre.

You can also call our Volunteer team on 0808 164 4572 or email volunteering@sueryder.org for further information and advice.


Whether you are looking to meet new friends, learn new skills or give something back, we have a selection of volunteer roles across our 400+ retail stores.

From sorting donated stock, working on the till to more specific roles, such as a social media champion, you’ll have the opportunity to feel connected and enhance your CV while helping the charity to achieve our ambition to provide more expert care for more people.

If you are looking to take on extra responsibility, we have fantastic Lead Volunteer opportunities nationwide. Receive an enhanced level of training in store and via e-learning to boost your skills and confidence to support the day to day running of the shop in the absence of the management team.

Search for your nearest Sue Ryder charity shop


Each year our fundraising team and supporters work tirelessly to raise the money needed to run our vital hospice, neurological and bereavement services. We couldn’t do this without the support of our volunteers, and there are plenty of ways you can get involved.  Whether that’s volunteering with one of our local fundraising teams, or organising your own activity.

Volunteering with our fundraising team

Under current guidelines we are unable to facilitate some of our usual fundraising volunteer roles. However, as restrictions ease we will be able to re-introduce much of the work detailed here.

Roles could be any of the following:

  • Collection box collection and distribution
  • Cash counting
  • General office support (data entry, envelope stuffing)
  • Event support
  • Advice and care to supporters fundraising for Sue Ryder
  • Delivery of talks about Sue Ryder

To register your interest or for further information and advice, you can call our Volunteer team on 0808 164 4572 or email volunteering@sueryder.org.

Fundraising tips and guidelines

For ideas, inspiration and guidance on how to fundraise for Sue Ryder, head to our fundraising ideas and support page.

You will also find advice and information on our handy top fundraising tips during COVID-19 page, which features guidelines for fundraising during the pandemic, supporter resources and links to the latest Government guidelines in your area.

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to enquire about volunteering with Sue Ryder, you can call the Volunteering team on 0808 164 4572 or email us on volunteering@sueryder.org

Interested in volunteering?

Due to the latest national restrictions, we have a limited number of volunteer roles available, but you can still search for an opportunity near you and register your interest for the future.