We like to think of our hospice as a home-from-home for the children, young adults and their families and it’s essential that it’s always looking its best and everything runs smoothly for them.

Our army of volunteers work across the hospice from helping with the laundry and ironing to provide lovely fresh bedding, to cooking up a treat in our kitchen and keeping the place clean and tidy. We also have volunteers who work in the grounds and gardens, helping with general maintenance and DIY.

When you visit the hospice the first people you meet are likely to be volunteers as we have a dedicated team who run our reception area, answering the phone and greeting visitors.

If you're interested in volunteering in the hospice we usually ask that you volunteer at least twice a month (typically a 2-4 hour slot). We also ask that volunteers consider their availability when interested in roles in house as the process of becoming a volunteer can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks depending on the role. Roles include supporting children and families, housekeeping, kitchen help, gardening, communications, administration and fundraising.

  • Full enhanced DBS check
  • Informal interview
  • 2 reference checks
  • 2-3 training evenings (to be completed within 3 months of starting)
  • 2 hour role induction session
  • Must be over 17 years of age

This process requires an investment of time, money and other resources from The Donna Louise. If you don't think you can maintain a commitment to The Donna Louise for at least 6 months we ask that you consider a volunteer role in the community.

For more information about volunteering at The Donna Louise please contact our Volunteer Service Lead on 01782 344 332 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.