Becoming part of the team

The collective impact of volunteers across Sue Ryder is huge, but their individual contribution is extraordinary. The current Government coronavirus restrictions and limited visitor access across our hospices mean that we currently have a more limited number of roles available, but you can still search for local volunteering opportunities near you and register your interest.

A gardener volunteer outside in an allotment.

Within a few weeks, I felt more confident than ever before. With the support and encouragement that the managers gave me, I became a Senior Lead Volunteer. It's great being trusted to make decisions and to be a part of such a great cause.

A Sue Ryder Senior Lead Volunteer

Every person's contribution is valued

As a volunteer with Sue Ryder you’ll have the opportunity to feel connected, kickstart your career, share your skills and help your local community. It’s important to us that every volunteer feels valued and supported, so as part of our commitment to you we will:

  • Make sure you have all the training you need for your role 
  • Ensure you feel appreciated and respected 
  • Give all prospective volunteers equal opportunities; celebrating diversity and inclusivity
  • Provide you with regular support in a way that suits you
  • Ask for your feedback and provide opportunities for you to help shape our future
  • Celebrate successes and recognise your contribution 
  • Resolve any concerns or complaints promptly and fairly
  • Ensure you have a clear idea of what your role involves
  • Match your skills and interests with roles that help the charity achieve its aims
  • Store your data safely and correctly 
  • Take steps to make sure all our volunteers and patients are safe
A cleaner volunteer in a hospice ward, with a patient, their partner and a nurse in the background.

Volunteering here has honestly been the best decision I have made. When I first started I struggled badly with my mental health, but thanks to the amazing support of my work family my anxiety and confidence have improved. They’ve helped me do things I never thought I would ever be able to do and I’m forever grateful to my team and to the whole of Sue Ryder, it’s changed my life.

A Sue Ryder volunteer

About our amazing volunteer team

Here are just a few of our proudest accomplishments of 2019/20 and some of the key feedback we received in this year’s annual Volunteer Voice Survey:

  • £2.6 million worth of support was provided by volunteers across healthcare and fundraising
  • 100 volunteers went on to paid roles with Sue Ryder
  • 1,300 online learning courses were completed by volunteers
  • 46 years of service was celebrated by one of our amazing volunteers
  • 12,800 people volunteered in our shops
  • Increased social connections and improved physical and mental wellbeing were voted the biggest personal benefits to being a volunteer

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement (Employees & Volunteers)

We aim to encourage a culture where all people feel valued for the unique contribution they bring to our organisation. We seek to attract and engage people from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, ages and abilities who bring a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience.

We aim to promote an environment of equality, dignity and respect and are committed to ensuring fairness and inclusion in all our recruitment and people management processes.

We will support you throughout the recruitment process with any reasonable adjustments where this is possible. Please contact our recruitment team or volunteering team if you require support.

Volunteering with us

The latest national COVID-19 restrictions mean that we currently have a much more limited number of volunteer roles available, 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 some information about your experiences 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.

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

Two retail volunteers in a shop, surrounded by clothes and other items.

Our volunteering blogs and news

You can catch up on all of the latest volunteering blogs and news to see how our volunteers are supporting Sue Ryder across the charity.