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About volunteering with us

Over 1,400 volunteers offer their services to us on a regular basis.

Volunteers work alongside our paid staff and offer their skills, experience and expertise to every department within the Hospice.

They are, quite simply, the lifeblood of St Oswald’s and we wouldn’t be able to operate without them. We have over 120 different volunteering roles: working directly with patients; in a support role; in our shops or Fundraising team.

Our volunteers also represent St Oswald’s in their own communities, as vital advocates of our work in the North East.

  • By volunteering you can learn new skills, make new friends and achieve satisfaction from giving something back.

    We provide practical on-the-job training, health and safety training and a place on our induction course which introduces you to the work of St Oswald’s.

    Every volunteer has a line manager and is also supported by our Volunteer Office.

    Travel expenses will be provided for your journey to and from your volunteer role.

  • We ask that you:

    • have an enthusiasm and commitment to St Oswald’s and what it stands for.
    • can give a realistic time commitment. There is no minimum required, most volunteers offer three to four hours a week.
    • are willing to undertake training necessary for their role.


  • If you’re interested in volunteering and would like to know more, please download our volunteering leaflet, look through our current volunteer opportunities at the Hospice, in our shops, or with the fundraising team, or contact us:

    Phone -mini -icon  0191 246 9125 | Envelope -mini -icon   volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org

    You can also download our ‘What to expect’ flyer.

    Download our What to Expect Flyer