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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Managing the Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 - We are committed to welcoming volunteers where we are able to safely across Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. Whilst the relaxation of restrictions in the UK is helping us to welcome volunteers back, we wish to remain cautious in our approach to ensure the continued safety of all involved. Therefore, we are currently only accepting volunteer applications for roles advertised on our website. Please find a list of current vacancies below.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.


Volunteers are so important to the work of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. We depend on contributions of time and skills so that we can continue to provide 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.

Below is a list of current volunteer vacancies. Have a look and if there’s something that catches your eye where you think you have the talent, skills and time to help, we would love to hear from you.

Simply complete the Volunteer Application Form. If you'd prefer to download and print out a paper version, follow the link below:

Download Application Form


Clinical Student Placement

60 or 100 hours across the academic year

As a local healthcare provider, the Hospice is keen to support individuals who are undertaking qualification studies in healthcare and related subjects and who need to gain work experience as part of their course.

We are able to support one volunteer work-experience placement each academic year.

If you are lucky enough to become a volunteer here at EVH and Jigsaw you will have the opportunity to access a wide and varied range of holistic care. We can give you opportunities to:

  • Experience day to day care of a patient on our Adult In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice and Jigsaw Children's Hospice.
  • Spend time with the Family Support Team who are vital to our patients’ social and spiritual needs.
  • Gain experience in communicating with patients from all walks of life, including children with complex health needs or disabilities.
  • Spend time with physios or OTs that are involved in our patient care;
  • Benefit from teaching and learning opportunities provided in house and from external sources.

This will be a bespoke placement for you and will not be available anywhere else in the county.

Closing date: 10am, Monday 20 September 2021.


Counselling Volunteers

We are looking for qualified counsellors to volunteer for a dynamic bereavement counselling team at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice.

Our senior counsellor and our volunteer counsellors are qualified, accredited and experienced and we have a team of skilled volunteers who are trained in counselling skills and in the issues connected with grief and loss. Our student counsellors are counsellors in training.

Everyone in our Counselling and Bereavement Support Team receives professional support and supervision. To find out more please contact Wendy Ashton for further information on wendy.ashton@edenvalleyhospice.org


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. We're really excited to launch our Facebook Marketplace shop and we're looking for someone to help us as we branch out into this new arena of retail.

At a time when online retail is vital to ensure the future of the hospice, your time can make a real difference to local people and their families.

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Volunteer Retail Van Drivers

Our Volunteer Van Drivers and Van Driver Assistants help with stock deliveries to ensure each store can maximise income to help fund patient care. The roles will include moving and sorting of household items and general moving duties.

Volunteers need to be 25 and over to drive our vans, have a clean driving license and be physically fit.


Volunteer eBay Assistants

Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive donations that would fetch more on eBay than in our shops. Your role is to research prices and list and manage items for sale on our hospice eBay site.

You will provide excellent customer service and going the extra mile to ensure that our eBay department is as successful as possible to maximise income to help fund patient care.


Volunteer Retail 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.

You'll also meet people, make new friends, improve your skills and learn new ones, using your free time in a positive and worthwhile way.

It's also a great way to enhance your career prospects and make your CV stand out from the crowd.

No previous experience is required, just a willingness to help. Why not pop into the shop and have a chat with the Manager?


Saturday Volunteer in our Lonsdale Street Carlisle Shop

We are in desperate need of a Saturday morning, front of house volunteer, at our Lonsdale Street Carlisle Shop. You'll meet people, make new friends, improve your skills and learn new ones, using your free time in a positive and worthwhile way.

No previous experience is required, just a willingness to help. Why not pop into the shop and have a chat with the Manager? Or give the shop a call on 01228 596640.


Apply Online

Click here to complete an online application form

Download Application Form

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