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 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.

With face-to-face bereavement counselling and support groups closing their doors around the country as a result of coronavirus, the support provided by our volunteers is becoming an ever-more important lifeline for those who are grieving and feeling isolated. In a time of uncertainty, volunteers are embracing a range of new digital roles that offer essential support to people in the community.

From telephone befriending to admin support, organising virtual group well being activities or providing spiritual support, there is still a range of ways volunteers are helping Sue Ryder from home.

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


Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved many of our services online and via the telephone. Our telephone befriending service is an important part of what we do across the county to keep people with life-limiting illness connected.

This role is perfect for someone who loves a good chat but is also a good listener. Volunteers spend 30 minutes once or twice a week chatting to someone who would benefit from some company.

To become a befriender or buddy we’ll need you to be:

  • a good communicator
  • patient and understanding (allowing sufficient time for residents with speech difficulties to express themselves)
  • friendly and approachable, with a sensitive and caring manner reliable and emotionally resilient

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


If you would like to fundraise for Sue Ryder and help generate crucial funds for our care services, there are plenty of ways you can get involved, even during this difficult time. 

Whether you're hosting an online auction, taking on your own running route or baking a batch of delicious brownies, you can really get creative while helping us to continue to provide more care for more people across our hospices, neurological centres and in the local community.

Fundraising tips and guidelines

Stuck for ideas or not sure about the current restrictions? We have our handy top fundraising tips during COVID-19 page, which features different fundraising ideas for inspiration, safety guidelines for fundraising during the pandemic, supporter resources and links to the latest Government guidelines in your area.

For further information and advice, you can call our Volunteer team on 0808 164 4572 or email volunteering@sueryder.org.

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 very limited number of volunteer roles available, but you can still search for an opportunity near you and register your interest for the future.