St Elizabeth Hospice improves life for people living with a progressive illness. Our work is centred around an individual's needs, which means specialist support, wherever it is required. We care for people at home, in the community or at the Hospice. We help people deal with problems such as pain, anxiety and fatigue, as well as offering practical advice and family support.
St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent charity which provides services free of charge. Our services cost £9.1 million a year to run, with almost three quarters of that figure coming from the local community. We rely on fundraising, donations and volunteers. We are grateful for any support given to help us grow local Hospice care for local people.
We are lucky to have more than 1,100 volunteers at St Elizabeth Hospice. They range in age from 16 to 95 and contribute in a variety of ways across all our departments, and in the local community. Over half of our volunteers support our shops and Retail Centre. All our volunteers play a vital part in the work of the Hospice.
Volunteer with us
How can you help? We have a number of volunteer roles, including:
- Working in our shops
- Manning the reception desk
- Helping on our Inpatient Units
- Co-ordinating creative activities for Day Care patients
- Complementary therapy for patients and their carers
- Helping the catering team
- Helping out at Hospice organised events, as well as third party events
- Maintaining the beautiful Hospice garden
- Driving – either patients or ensuring our shops are well stocked
Most of us know volunteering is a good thing. It feels good to do good. But there's much more to it. Volunteering gives something back. It can help build new skills. It adds balance and variety to a CV. In this age of networking, it can help you create useful contacts, great friends and improve your quality of life. It helps build your community and it is fun!
St Elizabeth Hospice employs around 240 permanent staff. Many are based at the Hospice sites in Ipswich, and in our shops, while others work in the community. The variety of skills needed is wide-ranging.
Our employment team is made up of expert managers, nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, administrative staff, fundraisers, retail employees, support professionals and therapists as well as catering and maintenance workers.
Whatever your discipline or experience you will find the work rewarding. We offer the chance to make a real difference to people's lives and to contribute to the care of the community every day. That's much more than just a job.
To view our current vacancies please visit our website.
Find out more
If you would like to know more about volunteering with us or to view our current vacancies please visit our volunteer page. For more information about the work we do and careers with St Elizabeth Hospice please visit our website.