Rowans Hospice could not provide the level of care we do without the help of hundreds of volunteers within the Hospice and Living Well Centre. As a volunteer, you can develop new skills and confidence, support a highly skilled and dedicated team, make a difference in our local community and meet new friends and colleagues throughout the organisation!
Click on a role below to find out how you could get involved:
*These roles require specific training, qualifications or experience. See more below.
Behind the scenes we have a hugely valuable team of volunteers who provide essential support our clinicians and administrative staff. Tasks include computer work, money counting, photocopying and preparing materials for our fundraising events, and many other administrative duties besides.
Arts & Crafts Volunteers
Guide and support patients taking part in arts & crafts at the Living Well Centre and Day Care, e.g. painting glass objects, decorating silk scarves and making greeting cards. These therapeutic activities are a fun way to get involved and support patients and carers.
Help give local families specialist support when they have recently experienced a bereavement. Volunteers wishing to get involved with the Family Support service will need to receive specialist training at the Hospice - further details are available on request.
We have coffee shops in our Hospice and in our Living Well Centre, where friendly volunteers serve hot and cold refreshments to patients, visitors and staff. It's a great chance to meet and talk to a variety of people and even provide a listening ear at times.
On the Ward
Our Ward has the capacity to look after 19 in-patients at a time, with each patient having their own room.
Our Ward Volunteers support the Nursing and Catering teams by distributing meals and refreshments to our patients.
Our Day Care Service offers therapeutic care and support to patients visiting the Hospice for a day. Volunteers support Day Care Staff by serving meals and refreshments to patients.
We have fully qualified and insured therapists, affiliated to recognised bodies, who volunteer their time to provide patients and carers with therapies such as massage, hypnotherapy, reflexology, gentle yoga or aromatherapy, on the Ward, in Day Care and at Rowans Living Well Centre.
Help more people access Hospice care as a Duty Driver! Drivers run errands for the Ward, such as collecting prescriptions from local hospitals, or collect Patients and Relatives from their home and drive them to Rowans Hospice or Rowans Living Well Centre.
Event Marshalling & Registration
Our Fundraising Events couldn't happen without the help of volunteers! From marshalling the event to keep our participants safe and helping out on registration, to handing out medals and preparing fundraisers' packs beforehand, you can give just an hour of your time or make a regular commitment, there's always lots to do!
Our Floral Volunteers transform floral donations into bright and beautiful arrangements for all to enjoy in and around the Hospice and Living Well Centre. They are placed in ward rooms and in reception areas, are always seasonally arranged and make a real difference to the people who visit us.
Rowans Hospice is set in 3.5 acres and our team of Volunteer Gardeners work hard to ensure our gardens are a source of pride and joy and provide a bright outlook for patients and visitors. No previous experience is necessary as work is carried out under the guidance of a professional Gardener.
Make a difference to someone by helping them stay independent in their own home. In-house training is offered tovolunteers who would be happy to assist a client in their own home. Tasks may include shopping, dog walking and light housework.
Meet & Greet Volunteers
Our Meet and Greet Volunteers act as hosts for Rowans Living Well Centre and our Day Care service. They greet people, offer them a warm and friendly welcome and ensure that they can access the service or information they seek. This is an essential role to make the Hospice an open and welcoming place to visit.
PAT Pets and their Owners
Volunteers who have training under Pets As Therapy (PAT) with their animal, e.g. dog, cat or rabbit can visit our Patients to offer companionship and the opportunity to ‘pat’ a four legged friend.
Receptionists and Telephonists
Be the first welcoming face and voice our patients and visitors meet when they visit or contact the Hospice. Our Main Hospice Reception, Patient Reception and Telephone room are run entirely by volunteers, who help people find where they are going or who they need to speak to, let staff know when visitors have arrived and more.
Spiritual Care Volunteers
Spiritual Care volunteers work under the guidance of the Spiritual Care Chaplain and help provide spiritual and religious/non-religious support for patients and their families.