Volunteer FAQs

Please see below some frequently asked questions that will help you decide whether volunteering is for you

Giving your time, knowledge and skills can make an amazing difference no matter what type of volunteer role you choose to take on; from fundraising in your local community or being part of the Hospice team itself.

Volunteering at Cransley Hospice Trust will not only give you the opportunity to have fun and make new friends, you will be making a measurable difference to the charity’s purpose. If that’s not motivation enough, you could also be gaining valuable work experience and new skills to add to your CV.

Our volunteers are an exceptionally committed group of supporters who save us an incredible amount of money each year by giving us some of their time. We currently have over 100 volunteers who contribute their time, energy and skills to support Cransley Hospice Trust, but we are always in need of more volunteers.

Many people know about the volunteers who support our team in the Hospice and they may also know of the sterling efforts of our fundraisers, committed to raising the income that we need, but we also require other volunteers such as drivers and complimentary therapists.

We also need presenters who help us go into schools and groups such as the WI, encouraging more people to get involved and support the charity in a number of ways. An increasing number of volunteers offer their skills within an office environment ranging from administration to project-related roles too.

As much or as little as you choose. Cransley Hospice Trust has a wide range of volunteering options available to suit most people’s work/life retirement commitments - some volunteers help regularly and others once in a while. Some roles do require specific time commitments and these are clearly stated in the role description.

This will depend, to some extent, on the type of volunteer role you wish to apply for, but whatever your skills, we aim to find a volunteer role for you!

Many of our volunteer roles do not require you to have any experience or specialist skills, just your time, energy and enthusiasm and a commitment to our cause. Some of our volunteering opportunities require you to have particular skills, but these will be clearly stated in the role description.

As well as receiving a warm welcome to Cransley Hospice Trust you will receive a full induction and any relevant training upon commencement of your volunteer role. It is important to us that you receive all the information you need to ensure you have a successful and positive experience as a Cransley Hospice Trust volunteer.

Guidance and support is available to all volunteers from your point of contact/volunteer manager. The level of training depends on the volunteer role and its specific competencies as outlined in the volunteer role description.

You can volunteer to support our fundraising team either within the office or out in the community or within one of our shops. You can also volunteer within the Hospice itself.

Yes. Volunteering does not affect the benefit payments you receive. However it is important to let your benefits adviser know you're volunteering. People claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) can volunteer as long as they remain available for work and are actively seeking paid employment.

Volunteers are not paid for their time, but are entitled to be reimbursed for their travel and other legitimate expenses via a completed expense claim form.

Have a look at our current volunteering vacancies by clicking here.

If you can’t find a volunteer opportunity to suit you and you would like to express your interest in volunteering for Cransley Hospice Trust, or you have an enquiry about volunteering, then please contact us.

The team are available Monday-Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm and look forward to hearing from you!