Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Dorothy House. We were founded by a small group of volunteers almost 40 years ago and today, more than 1,200 people give their time so we can continue to offer free care to people with life limiting illness, and their families.

Why volunteer for us?

Everyone has different motivations for wanting to volunteer:

  • Making a difference in your local community
  • Using your skills for a good cause
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Boost your CV
  • Being part of a team

We do everything we can to make the experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible:

  • Full training is given
  • Regular supervision is provided
  • Hours are flexible
  • Out of pocket expenses are paid
Volunteer in a shop

Volunteer in a shop

More than 700 people volunteer for us in our 28 shops and resorting centre. Their efforts make a huge difference – our shops provide us with over 10% of our…

Volunteer at the Hospice or Outreach Centres

Volunteer at the Hospice or Outreach Centres

Most of our 340 hospice and outreach volunteers directly support patients, carers or families. They work at our main hospice site in Winsley near Bradford on Avon, at our Outreach…

Read Lynda's story

Read Lynda's story

I’ve had two experiences of Dorothy House. My first was three and half years ago – and the feeling my husband, Derek, and I had at the time was that Dorothy House was like a blanket around us. The initial contact was wonderful – they had time to spend with us...