Volunteering FAQs

What will I get out of volunteering?

We hope that volunteering with St Christopher’s is an affirming and rewarding experience. By volunteering your time, skills or experience you will know you are helping dying people in your local community have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

You’ll also be meeting and joining an enthusiastic team of people and getting more involved in your local community. All of our roles will enable you to use and develop your skills, and enhance your CV should you wish to.

How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?

We have a variety of opportunity’s to volunteer your time. Some are available as a one off for an hour; other roles have an expectation of regular long term commitment. Details of the time we’d like you to offer are in the role descriptions on the Volunteer Roles page.

We ask you to think carefully about how much time you are able to give and select the volunteer opportunity which best suits.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

Skills vary depending on which role you are interested in. Details of the skills we’d like you to offer are in the role descriptions on the Volunteer Roles page.

However all volunteers, no matter their role, must be able to;

  • follow our policies and procedures
  • represent St Christopher’s and our values positivity.

We do offer training and support suitable to each role.

What is the volunteering application process?

All roles require you to complete an information or application form, if you need help completing the form please contact the volunteering team on 020 8768 4669 or volunteering@stchristophers.org.uk. You’ll find the relevant application form required for each role on the individual role information on the Volunteer Roles page.

The application process differs depending on the opportunity. Those who wish to volunteer alongside patients and families will need to attend an interview before being selected to complete the training. They will also undertake a DBS check. On the other hand, Fundraising Events Helpers will just need to complete a simple application form. Shop volunteers should visit the shop they’d like to volunteer with to meet the manager and do a short taster.

Details of application process are on the role descriptions on the Volunteer Roles page.

What if I cannot see a role I am interested in or I have other skills I’d like to offer?

If you are not sure which of our volunteer roles is right for you, or you have skills and experiences to offer which do not match any of our available roles then please contact the volunteering team on 020 8768 4669 or volunteering@stchristophers.org.uk to discuss further.

What age do I need to be to volunteer?

The youngest age that we accept people to volunteer is 16 years but some roles require you to be 18.

Contact the volunteering team on 020 8768 4669 or volunteering@stchristophers.org.uk to discuss further.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

No. Volunteering does not affect the benefit payments you receive. Volunteers are not paid for their time. If in any doubt please speak to the local authority.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?

Volunteers should not be out of pocket as a result of volunteering for us. We reimburse reasonable expense within agreed guidelines.

Someone I am close to has recently died – do I need to wait before I can volunteer?

Some of our roles are emotionally challenging so we do recommend waiting for around 12 months before joining us as a Patient and Family Support volunteer or Bereavement Supporter. We recognise everyone is different so if you are keen to volunteer in this type of role, but have had a bereavement less than 12 months ago, contact the volunteering team on 020 8768 4669 or volunteering@stchristophers.org.uk to discuss further.

There is no wait period for other roles, however do be mindful of your feelings regarding your bereavement before applying.