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Volunteers' Week


This year we have extra reason to celebrate Volunteers' Week as
we're delighted to announce that our amazing team of 745 volunteers have received the prestigious Queen's Award - the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK!

This award recognises our wonderful St Luke's Volunteers, who since 1971 have shown true dedication to help Sheffield people affected by terminal illness. Our volunteers give 116,800 hours of their time each year, helping to deliver the best possible care to patients and their families. They are an essential part of life in every area of St Luke's and cover all sorts of roles, whether that's helping in our charity shops or taking bucket collections at football matches, making beautiful flower arrangements for our patients' rooms or running activities up at Clifford House.

Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and have many different reasons for supporting us. Each volunteer brings their own unique personality and set of skills to St Luke's, and in return, they all gain something different - whether that's friendship, experience, a new hobby or even a new qualification.

Volunteers' Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate of our volunteers - their stories, their achievements and their vital contributions to our charity. The videos below show some of the diverse volunteering roles we offer and stories from real volunteers, sharing their passion for what they do.

If you're looking to boost your CV, make friends or simply get more involved with your community, volunteering with St Luke's can help you do just that!

Feeling inspired? Join our award winning team of volunteers by applying here.

Your Stories

"What I could do for my mum, I wanted to do for everybody else."


When her mum was cared for on our In Patient Centre, Erica, a qualified hairdresser, would often use our hairdressing salon to do her mum's hair everyday to help her feel more like herself. Now Erica volunteers once a week to bring the same joy to other people being cared for by St Luke's.

"Volunteering is fantastic. It's really rewarding and fun."

Martin volunteers in our Creative Therapies room, helping patients use creative activities to clear their minds and focus on exploring new talents and making cards and gifts for friends and family.

"When you volunteer and see that people are struggling, just by giving something back you gain so much."

Owen started volunteering in our Hospitality Team after seeing first hand the service and dedication that our team gave to his father who was on our In Patient Centre. He enjoys spending time talking to people and taking an interest in stories from our patients.

Where could volunteering take you?

If you'd like to get involved with St Luke's volunteering, take a look at our featured volunteering opportunities below. To apply for any role, all you have to do is fill in an application form and return it to volunteer@hospicesheffield.co.uk

You can also call us on 0114 235 5748 if you'd like to chat about any of these positions.


  • Beauty Therapist Volunteer

    *FEATURED ROLE*

    The Beauty Therapist Volunteer must be a minimum of 18 years old and will carry out duties under the supervision of an assigned member of the Wellbeing Team at all times.
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  • E-Trading Volunteer

    *FEATURED ROLE* Here at St Luke’s we have established a growing online trading operation which makes a substantial contribution to the retail operation. We have established outlets on both eBay and Amazon.
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  • ​Retail Volunteer

    Our retail volunteers assist the Shop Manager in all aspects of running our shops; including preparing our donations for the shop floor, keeping our stock room clean and organised, serving customers and visual merchandising. Volunteers can choose to specialise in any tasks or areas of the shop that they particularly enjoy.
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  • Complementary Therapist Volunteer

    *FEATURED ROLE*

    The Complementary Therapist Volunteer must be a minimum of 18 years old carrying out duties under the supervision of an assigned member of the Wellbeing Team.
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  • Community Liaison Volunteer

    We are currently looking for Community Liaison Volunteers to accompany our Community Nurses when they visit patients from hard-to-reach communities of Sheffield to act as a conduit between patient and nurse, providing culturally appropriate information and support where necessary.

    Applications for this role are currently closed - please check back later.
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  • Retail Admin Volunteer

    The Retail Department holds a large database of individuals, groups, associations and businesses that have supported the hospice by the donation of items for resale in our shops. The Retail Administration Volunteer will help with a number of monthly maintenance tasks, carried out under the supervision of the Area Shop Manager.

    Applications for this role are currently closed - please check back later.
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  • Bereavement Telephone Support Volunteer

    Our Bereavement Volunteers support relative and close friends of those who have received care from St Luke's. This support may be by telephone, by home visit, through membership of a group, or from counselling.
    Applications for this role are currently closed - please check back later.
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  • Clifford House Welcome and House Volunteers (Weekend/Evening)

    We're looking for volunteers to support in the smooth running of our Welcome Area at Clifford House. This role is available on Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm and Saturdays 9am – 12.30 pm.

    Applications for this role are currently closed - please check back later.
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  • Clifford House Activity Volunteers (Weekend/Evening)

    We're looking for volunteers to support our Activity Co-ordinators in the running our range of activities and classes at Clifford House. This role is available on Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm and Saturdays 9am – 12.30 pm.

    Applications for this role are currently closed - please check back later.
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  • Volunteer Warehouse Assistant

    *FEATURED ROLE*

    We are looking for volunteers to help run our Crookes warehouse, keeping it clean and organised. For eligible volunteers we can support you in studying for a Warehousing NVQ.
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