How do I volunteer?

How do I volunteer imagesWe know there’s a
volunteering opportunity
to suit you, right now!

Whatever time you have to give, we're always grateful. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our wonderful volunteers. We'd
love to hear from you!

Sarah hospice at home volunteer quoteHow about volunteering at the hospice, one of our charity shops
or being a lifeguard? There’s something to suit everyone.

Join the Keech family and be part
of making the difference when it matters the most.

Sign up and get involved today or call us on 01582 497829.

Can I choose what volunteer role I do?

Yes. Check out our latest volunteer vacancies. When you fill in your application form, please state the roles you feel most suit you. If you don’t feel any do at this time and you have specific skills and experience to offer, we’d still love to hear from you. 

I only have a few hours a week. Can I volunteer?

Yes, that’s great. Any time that you can give helps. Some voluntary roles take place at specific times while others are flexible, so there’ll be a role which is perfect for you, no matter what your circumstances.

I don’t have any work experience. Can I volunteer?

Yes, of course! Volunteering is a great way of gaining valuable training and support, to help you build up your CV and experience. Some of our more specialist roles require volunteers with specific experience. 

I don’t have any qualifications. Can I still volunteer?

Yes. Most of our voluntary roles don’t require qualifications so apply today! We provide relevant training and support for all our volunteers.

Can I volunteer if I have a paid job?

Yes. Many of our volunteers work too. In fact, some companies actively encourage their staff to volunteer locally and our team works with businesses to arrange volunteering opportunities.

I have another job but I really wanted to volunteer to give something back with the little bit of spare time that I do have. I’ve made some great friends, it’s like a little family. 

Kitty, charity shop volunteer

Can I volunteer at the hospice?

Yes, but it depends on the volunteer role you take on. Some of our voluntary roles are based at the hospice and others are out in the community across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

I wanted to take on a challenge that was different to my career. If you’re unsure if volunteering at Keech is for you, just take one visit around the hospice and you’ll feel you must do something to help this amazing charity continue doing what it does.

Clive, Chair of trustees volunteer

How do I apply to volunteer?

It’s simple! Just fill in an application form and email it to volunteering@keech.org.uk.

Alternatively, print your application form and post it to:

Volunteering, Keech Hospice Care, Great Bramingham Lane, Streatley, Luton, LU3 3NT.

What happens after I submit my application?

After reviewing your application form, we will invite you in for an informal meeting or interview depending on the voluntary role you have applied for. We’ll talk to you and together we’ll agree which volunteering role is best, taking into account your experience, when you’re available and what you’re interested in.

What support will I get as a volunteer?

When you first start, you’ll be invited to come along to a formal introduction at Keech Hospice Care and the department where you’ll be volunteering. We will give you a copy of our volunteer handbook, and introduce you to other volunteers and staff. Day to day, you will have a member of staff who is responsible for you and gives you on-going support. This support may take the form of telephone calls and one-to-one meetings. There are also opportunities to attend volunteer meetings where you can meet other volunteers and staff to learn more about what else is happening at Keech Hospice Care.

Will I be given any further training?

Yes. We have over 1,500 volunteers and every single one of them matters to us, and we appreciate all they do. We provide training for all of our voluntary roles. Some roles require more training than others. For example, we train our volunteer lifeguards to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Training needs will be discussed when you meet with the volunteering team. 

It is the ideal place to come because I like to feel like I’m doing something that helps people who need it – but it also does me the world of good to get out and meet new people and make friends.

 Shirley, charity shop volunteer

Will my contribution be recognised or rewarded?

We are very proud and appreciative of the contribution all of our volunteers make. Every year we celebrate Volunteers’ Week, host volunteers’ thank you events and enter volunteers for local and national awards to highlight their outstanding contributions.