We currently have over 950 amazing volunteers and they are at the heart of everything we do. We simply could not deliver our care without them.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer with us for many different reasons. Our volunteers tell us they joined to meet new friends or to gain skills and experience or because they have a personal connection to St Luke’s. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, we want to hear from you!

Below are just some of the roles you could be involved in, and of course we will support you every step of the way, with suitable training and induction to your tasks.

To apply, simply download our application form and post to Volunteering, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Stamford Road, Turnchapel, Plymouth, PL9 9XA email to volunteer@stlukes-hospice.org.uk or apply using our online form.

St Luke's Charity Shops Volunteering


We need people interested in fashion, art, old coins, music records, antique and modern furniture, electricians for PAT testing, bric-a-brac treasure hunters, those with and without retail experience or even just a passion for recycling. All skills and knowledge make a difference in helping us raise funds to deliver our vital care.

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  Shop assistant

Sort and price donated goods, help display and sell goods, aid in the maintenance of a clean and tidy stock room and shop floor, use the till as required, engage with customers to provide a good level of customer service and work as part of a team.

  Ebay and Amazon assistant

Help identify items of value through research, checking quality/condition of goods, photographing and listing items, responding to buyers’ queries, packing and posting goods.

  Book support

Separating and researching books to establish the value of the books for sale at our retail shops or online via eBay and Amazon.

  Bric-a-brac support

Supporting the Distribution Centre team with sorting bric-a-brac donations.

  Distribution and Stock Control support

Supporting the stock controller with donations received from the public through the Distribution Centre.

  Driver assistant

Supporting the distribution drivers to deliver and collect donated items to and from our retail outlets and return them to the Distribution Centre.

  Fashion clothing assistant

Supporting the Distribution Centre team with clothing donations received from the public through the Distribution Centre and retail outlets.

  PAT Testing Engineer

Supporting the Distribution Centre team to PAT Test electrical donated items received through the Distribution Centre and retail outlets

  Recycling support

Supporting the team to identify donated items received through the Distribution Centre, suitable for recycling if not suitable for sale

Events and Fundraising Volunteering

Fundraising events

Fundraising events help contribute to the £7.8 million we have to raise each year and it would not be possible without the army of volunteers who make it possible. Why not become a marshal at our next big event?

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  Fundraising assistant

Assist at fundraising events by collecting money, handing out literature, looking after guests, marshalling/hosting; office duties include contacting organisations and individuals, research, general office admin.

  Corporate fundraising administration support

Assist the corporate fundraiser by liaising with corporate supporters, maintaining the database and general admin duties.

  Community fayre co-ordinator

Work closely with the Community Fundraising team to assist on stalls promoting and selling St Luke’s merchandise at a variety of local fairs; research and book stands.

  Promotions volunteer

Research and plan promotional opportunities, promote St Luke’s by explaining what we do and by products and ways to remember a loved one.

  Lottery volunteer

Assist the lottery team by promoting and selling lottery tickets in St Luke’s shops and selected external venues, help with office admin tasks.

  Treasure Hunter volunteer

Assist the community fundraising team by contacting companies, hotels and relevant businesses to request donations of prizes.

  Events Signage volunteer

Be a part of a small team who are in charge of managing our event signage for our mass participation events.

  Regular Giving and Lottery support

Supporting the Lottery team with administration tasks including inputting dates into the membership system.

  Elmer’s PA – Project Admin Support volunteer for Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth

Supporting the Project Manager with Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth with administration tasks.

Social Care Volunteering

Social care

Volunteers can be so valuable in contributing to the services our St Luke’s at Home team provide. Our Social Care volunteers provide important support to our patients and their loved ones, including through bereavement.

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Provide social support to patients by listening, sitting with them, taking them shopping, on trips and to/from hospital appointments, dog walking, preparing light snacks; maintain written records of visits, including any problems or concerns.

  Bereavement support

Provide face to face and telephone bereavement support to clients, maintaining records of contacts.

  Chaplaincy assistant

Visit patients on the wards and assist in leading worship, visit patients at home, support patients’ families, assist in planning/conducting funerals.

  Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner 

Meet with patients to assess their needs and provide complementary treatment accordingly, maintain accurate electronic records.

Specialist Unit Care Volunteer

Assist nursing staff to provide care for patients. Sit with patients and relatives supporting, also if bereaved or emotionally distressed.

Volunteering Supporter Role

Support roles

There are many roles that help support the daily running of our specialist unit at Turnchapel. We rely on volunteers to support us in different departments such as maintenance, gardening, reception and in the Driftwood café; where you will also assist in serving the patients drinks and their meals.

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  Driftwood Cafe

Serve food and drinks to visitors, patients and staff in the cafe; serve food and drinks to patients on the wards.


Prepare food for patients and staff, and control stock rotation.

  Driver (between St Luke’s sites)

Collect post, parcels and supplies and deliver to various St Luke’s sites.

  Finance assistant

Count donated money, assist with banking procedures, data cleansing, collating information on spreadsheets, various admin duties to assist the finance team.


General gardening duties, including weeding, grass cutting, pruning, digging, tidying grounds.


General internal/external maintenance duties at all hospice sites, e.g. building, plumbing, electrical, carpentry.

  Receptionist (at Distribution Centre)

Welcome visitors, make and receive phone calls, take messages, receive deliveries, deal with visitors’ queries, accept donations, assist with post, general admin duties.

  Receptionist (at Turnchapel)

Welcome visitors, operate switchboard, take messages for staff and patients, use till for shop purchases, receive and log deliveries, show visitors to the correct area.


Ensure compliance with law and legislation/regulations, ensure pursuance of objectives and correct allocation of resources, offer strategic direction, safeguard the good name of the hospice, ensure effective admin and financial stability.

St Luke's Volunteering

Want to find out more?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please get in touch. Fill out our online application form, or for more information simply fill in the contact form below. We are always happy to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. All volunteer roles are subject to availability.