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Volunteer for your local hospice

Volunteers are an essential part of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. We depend on contributions of time and skills so that we can continue to provide care to patients and their families.

Whether fundraising, retail or in the hospice itself, volunteers are a part of everything that we do.

See our current volunteering opportunities below, or make a speculative application by clicking here.

Volunteer holding an item in furniture shop

Our current opportunities

Volunteer eBay Assistants
Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive donations that would sell for more on eBay.
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Volunteer Assistants in our Penrith Shop
Can you spare a few hours to help us at our popular retail shop in Penrith? We currently have vacancies for several shifts and would welcome your help.
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Sunday Volunteers at our Furniture Shop
Can you spare a few hours to help us at our popular furniture shop in Carlisle?
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Kitchen Volunteers
We currently have an exciting opportunity for kitchen volunteers to support our Catering Team.
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Laundry Volunteers
As Laundry volunteer you will provide vital support to the housekeeping team.
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Volunteer in our Lanes Bookshop
We currently have vacancies for several volunteering shifts at our Lanes bookshop in Carlisle.
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Volunteer in our Lonsdale Street Carlisle Shop
No previous experience is required, just a willingness to help.
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Facebook Marketplace Volunteer
Here at the hospice, we're donated a host of wonderful items on a weekly basis to help us raise much needed funds.
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Volunteer Retail Van Drivers
Our Volunteer Van Drivers and Van Driver Assistants help with stocking deliveries.
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Join our team

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team, ensuring that the hospice continues to provide the best level of care to patients and their families. Whatever inspires you to join us, you could become part of a vibrant, friendly community that makes a real difference.

Volunteers volunteering in the furniture in the shop in Carlisle

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether Fundraising, Retail or in the hospice itself, volunteers are a part of everything that we do.

In order to volunteer with us you must be aged 16 or over.

There is no upper age limit for volunteering with the hospice. Provided you are able to carry out the role effectively you can volunteer for us.

When you start as a volunteer you will be issued with a New Starter Pack containing all the information that you will need regarding the hospice and your new volunteer role.

You will then receive on the role training alongside a member of staff or another experienced volunteer, depending on the department. In some cases, such as Bereavement Counselling, there is the requirement to complete a more in-depth training programme before undertaking your new role.

Every new volunteer is also required to complete on-line mandatory training relevant to your role. This should be completed when you start and refreshed at regular intervals. Mandatory training covers areas such as Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity and Infection Control. Mandatory training is designed to ensure you, along with our patients and visitors are kept safe.

By becoming a volunteer you will be offering you precious time and we like to ensure that is treated respectfully. In most cases a new volunteer will carry out one ‘shift’ per week that will usually last a few hours. Each role is different and some areas operate on a more ad hoc basis such as fundraising events and raffle ticket sales.

In the end we try to make arrangements that work best both for the volunteer and the hospice.

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It’s just a beautiful place to work, I have great memories in the gardens. We laugh a lot and it’s really fun. I’ve got a lot from it, I always say it’s my favourite day of the week
Cynthia – volunteer gardener
Gardening volunteer Cynthia sat in the walled garden at Eden Valley Hospice.

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