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The volunteer roles within Farleigh Hospice are as diverse as the volunteers themselves. Volunteers play a vital role in everything we do at Farleigh Hospice.

"I've been volunteering at Farleigh for 12 years. Being able to guide people and make the process as smooth as possible for them at a difficult time is very rewarding."

Janet, Welcome Team Volunteer

You can support us by assisting and supporting patients on our
Inpatient Unit and Day Hospice, cooking delicious homemade meals in the kitchen, welcoming visitors on reception, supporting us in our our offices and fundraising events, and raising funds right in your community by working in our shops across mid Essex.

The amount of time our volunteers can offer varies from person to person – from regular weekly shifts to ad hoc days throughout the month or marshalling at a few events a year – we really do have a volunteering role to suit everyone.

Featured vacancies

Bereavement Service Support Worker (Volunteer)

Your role is to provide bereavement support, via telephone contact, face to face or group work to the bereaved families (and other significant people) of patients who have died whilst under the care of Farleigh Hospice and individuals referred externally to CIRCLE adult support.

To view the full role profile click here.

Bereavement Service Counsellor/Student Counsellor (Volunteer)

Your role is to provide counselling to the bereaved family members (and other significant people) of patients who have died whilst under the care of Farleigh Hospice and individuals referred externally to CIRCLE adult bereavement support.

To view the full role profile click here.

Bereavement Help Point Volunteer

We are seeking to recruit welcoming, friendly and caring individuals to volunteer to host our Bereavement Help Point meetings. This new and exciting initiative will be held in a variety of local community venues across the mid-Essex area including Chelmsford, Maldon, Witham and Braintree. As a host, you will meet and greet; introduce attendees to each other; offer basic support and signpost to other Farleigh bereavement services and relevant organisations.

To view the full role profile click here.

Roles available


  • Shop Assistant
  • Warehouse volunteer
  • Furniture Upcycling Volunteers
  • Telephone/ Admin Volunteer
  • Volunteer Van Assistant
  • Driver’s Mate


  • Information Service Volunteer
  • Volunteer Ironer
  • Volunteer Gardener
  • Catering Volunteer
  • Volunteer Domestic Assistant
  • Volunteer Complementary Therapist
  • Volunteer Therapy Assistant
  • Volunteer Patient Driver
  • Event Photographer
  • Fundraising Volunteer Ambassador
  • Event Volunteer/Marshal
  • Street & Store Collectors
  • Leaflet distributors
  • Collection Tin Coordinators
  • Volunteer Counsellor - Family Support Team
  • Volunteer Flower Arranger
  • Volunteer Student Counsellor
  • Bereavement Help point Volunteer
  • Volunteer Trust, Grants and Campaigns Researcher
  • Volunteer PA to Chief Executive


What skills and experience do I need?

For most of our volunteer roles you don’t need any specific skills or experience, just enthusiasm to get involved and a willingness to support people with a life limiting illness or bereavement. If specific skills, experience or qualifications are required (e.g. volunteer Complementary Therapists or Patient Driver roles) we will provide details on the role description. For all our roles, full support and training will be provided.

Can I volunteer in more than one role at the hospice?

Yes of course! You can add different areas of interest/roles on your application form. We will give you a call in the first instance to chat through.

What happens after I have sent in my application?

We aim to get in touch to confirm receipt of your application within a few days of receiving it– this will be via either a phone call or email. Once we receive your application, it will be sent through to the team manager who will get in contact to discuss the role and arrange a suitable time for you to come to the hospice for an informal chat/interview. After you have met with the team manager, they will then arrange a day for you to come in and complete a taster session to see if the role is right for you. During this time, we will send off for your references and arrange a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check if applicable for your role.

We aim to have you in your new volunteering post as soon as possible but please do bear with us as during certain times of the year as it may take longer for your application to be processed. If you have any questions or queries in the meantime feel free to contact us on or by calling 01245 457392.

I'm not sure how much time I can spare each week; is that OK?

Yes, that is no problem at all - we understand that people have different commitments; holidays may come up, timetables, work or caring responsibilities change. Some roles are more flexible than others are so if you are not able to commit to a regular slot we can usually find something that will suit! Please add your availability to your application and we can discuss over the phone or when you come in for a chat.

I can only do one day a year – is this something you could offer me?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer individuals a day of volunteering at the hospice. If you would like to volunteer for an individual day or occasionally, we are always looking for volunteers to help at our Farleigh Hospice events which run throughout the year or help us with our street and store collections. Please contact
or see the event pages on our website, or contact if you could help the community team. If you are part of a local business group who are looking to volunteer, please contact the Corporate Fundraising team on 01245 457411 or email

What is the minimum age I can volunteer?

You can start volunteering in our retail shops from the age of 16 and in the hospice from 18. There is no maximum age limit for volunteers!

Will I need references?

Yes, we ask you to provide details of two people who can vouch for you as a referee. They will need to be over the age of 18 and not a member of your family. Your referees can be friends, colleagues or neighbours and should have given you their consent for us to contact them.

Do you offer 'taster' sessions in your shops so I can see if volunteering is right for me?

Yes we do! You can pop into your local shop to arrange a taster session before you apply or alternatively fill in the application form online and the shop manager will be in touch with you to arrange a date.

A welcome from Michelle Von Kimmelmann, Volunteer Manager at Farleigh Hospice

How do I find out more about becoming a volunteer?

For more information on any of our volunteer roles, or to find out more about volunteering with Farleigh Hospice, please contact our Volunteering Team on 01245 933735 or email us at