Our wonderfully enthusiastic volunteers donate their time in so many incredible ways – from volunteering in our shops, to managing our reception, to offering comfort and support to patients and their families.

Throughout this pandemic, while some volunteers have been able to continue with their roles, others have had to wait patiently in the wings until they can return.

We are truly grateful to all our volunteers for standing by us through such challenging times. 

Our volunteers play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the Hospice and volunteer with us for a variety of reasons including:

  • a patient connection;
  • a desire to make a contribution to the local community and have the satisfaction of knowing that what they have done is really worthwhile;
  • an opportunity to meet new people and build new friendships;
  • a confidence builder;
  • an opportunity to improve their CV;
  • to help them get back into the job market; and
  • for many of our younger volunteers it is also an opportunity to not only do something worthwhile but gain confidence and a reference that can be used for future employment.

Volunteers’ talents, experience, humour and hard work enables staff in the Hospice to extend the help offered to patients, relatives and carers and in the shops by helping to raise the funds required to help the Hospice provide the best possible care for its patients.

We currently have in excess of 800 Volunteers associated with the Hospice and the shops.  Whilst this may seem a lot, our volunteers provide support to suit their personal circumstances whether it is a couple of hours on ad hoc basis or a regular slot within one or more of our many volunteering areas. 

As a volunteer there is the opportunity to;

  • join a caring and worthwhile organisation
  • work alongside other volunteers and Hospice staff and
  • contribute to the enhancement of the Hospice experience for patients and their relatives.

Qualities we look for in our volunteers include:

  • confidentiality
  • confident communication skills
  • team player
  • emotionally mature
  • reliable and
  • trustworthy.

There are a variety of volunteer roles (*) including but not limited to:

  • administration support
  • reception
  • kitchen
  • servery
  • helping in a Hospice shop
  • gardening
  • maintenance
  • arts/crafts
  • collecting and replacing collection tins from businesses supporting the Hospice
  • counselling
  • compassionate neighbour schemes in the local community

as well as one-off events throughout the year including:

  • Raffles
  • Light Up a Life
  • Snowdrop Appeal
  • Supermarket bag packing
  • Events Marshalls etc.

There are many ways to help and whether you are able to volunteer for a few hours once a week or once a month, your time makes a big difference. Each role requires different skills and strengths and there will be a role that is right for you.

If you would like to volunteer to help Strathcarron Hospice please complete an Application Form or contact our Volunteer Service Co-ordinator Eileen Ashford on Tel. No. 01324 826222 or e-mail [email protected]  Eileen will arrange for you to come up for a chat so that we can understand how best to use your skills and expertise and what roles would be best suited for you.

By volunteering with us you can make a real difference.

If you are interested in a role within the Hospice please click here

If you are interested in a role at one of our shops or our distribution centre please click here

* Certain roles within the Hospice are subject to a Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.  Prior to the meeting with the Volunteer Service Co-Ordinator, volunteers will be notified of the documents required where a role is subject to a PVG check.