Joining our volunteer team

As part of our team of volunteers, you can help us to achieve our ambition to provide more expert care for more people. Volunteering quick apply

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

Everyone'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.

You can help support us as a:

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

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 2021/22 and some of the key feedback we received in this year’s annual Volunteer Voice survey:

  • Over £12million worth of support was provided by volunteers across healthcare and fundraising.
  • 1.3 million hours pledged by our volunteers across Sue Ryder.
  • 704 volunteers went on to paid roles with Sue Ryder and elsewhere
  • 48 years of service was celebrated by one of our volunteers, with four other volunteers celebrating over 45 years of service.
  • Increased social connections and knowing you're making a difference to an important cause were voted the most significant personal benefits of being a volunteer with us.
  • Over 3,000 online learning courses have been completed by volunteers.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Sue Ryder

At Sue Ryder, we are committed to driving equity for all of our colleagues across the charity, and we support our staff and volunteers from underrepresented and marginalised groups to thrive as valued members of our team.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work is a powerful tool in creating a positive culture where people feel they can contribute, problem solve and apply a creative lens to their work. We welcome and encourage candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

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

Volunteering with us

If you would like to volunteer with us, please complete our volunteering quick apply form and we'll be in touch to chat about the latest volunteer opportunities near you.

You can also search for volunteer roles near you on our volunteering portal.

If you would rather talk to us, you can call our Volunteer team on 0808 164 4572 or email for further information and advice.

Volunteer with us

Volunteering with Sue Ryder is an amazing way to support people through the most difficult times of their lives, whether you volunteer in one of our shops, at a care centre or help us fundraise.