Why volunteer with Sue Ryder?

We welcome everyone – from young people just starting out in the world of work to individuals with a lifetime of wisdom to share.

Every person's contribution is valued

Being a Sue Ryder volunteer is a great way to gain skills, meet new people, take an active role in your community and could even help you develop a career in the charity sector. It is also a very meaningful way of giving something back, and helping others to receive more care.

Our volunteers receive training for the role they choose – be it in healthcare, fundraising or retail – alongside ongoing support.

As a Sue Ryder volunteer you'll develop your skills and experience, make new friends, and have a really good time along the way.

Image of retail volunteers in Sue Ryder shop
Photo of volunteer gardeners

Be one of our 10,000 volunteers

Each year, through donating their time and experience, every one of our 10,000 volunteers helps us to provide 2.3 million hours of expert medical, practical and emotional support in our hospices and neurological centres, in people’s homes and in the community.

Our volunteers

What's in it for you?

Volunteering is great for your personal and career development, but it can also boost your social life, help to keep your mind and body active as well as making the most of your talents, skills and interests.

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 the Volunteering Team if you require support.  

Please submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to amend a closing date of any opportunity that has been advertised.

Benefits of volunteering

Gain and share experience at whatever stage of life

Starting out in the world of work?

For young people starting out in the world, we can give you vital experience for you CV. You’ll learn and grow with sales experience in our shops as you take on new responsibilities.

Need a confidence boost?

We can help you put your time to good use to help you grow in confidence with responsiblities and you may even find your way into a new line of work.

Not ready to retire?

No need to slip on those slippers just yet - why not come and share your life skills and experience while keeping your mind and body active?

There's something for everyone, and we'll match your skills and interests to our needs to find you a role you'll enjoy.

Benefits of retail volunteering

If you choose to join us, we want you to find it rewarding, and enjoy being part of the team.

  • We’ll provide all the training and ongoing support you need
  • We’ll be as flexible as possible so your shifts fit in with your life and other commitments
  • We will offer to reimburse your reasonable local travel expenses for shifts over four hours
  • We can provide a reference to future prospective employers.
Chica pet therapy

Our volunteering blog

Rob dresses up as Father Christmas at his local hospice. Lead Volunteer Elizabeth has used volunteering at her local Sue Ryder shop to boost her confidence. And we even welcome four-legged volunteers like Chica (pictured)! Meet them all.