Our volunteers truly make a difference to the lives of people across east Kent who are living with incurable illness.

Why volunteer for Pilgrims?

People are inspired and motivated to support us for lots of reasons. Many of our volunteers have personal experience of the palliative care and support we offer to patients and their families; some have a special interest or skill that makes a valuable contribution to Pilgrims. Volunteering can also help you to gain new skills in an area you’ve always wanted to develop.

I’d recommend volunteering for Pilgrims because they’re a caring organisation; they listen to people and will give you the support you need to become a confident volunteer.

Paul, Hythe shop volunteer

There are so many benefits to volunteering:

  • Make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Develop existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhance a CV and improve employment prospects
  • Use professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Evidence suggests that volunteering can have a positive impact upon health and wellbeing.

Whatever your age or ability, there’s a volunteer role for everyone at Pilgrims.

We would love to hear from you!

Volunteer vacancies

Pilgrims offer a variety of volunteer roles for all skillsets. Whatever your age or ability, there’s a volunteer role for everyone at Pilgrims.

We're always looking for additional talented and motivated people to join our volunteer team.

Our current volunteering opportunities are updated regularly and we’ve created a handy information sheet for all volunteer applicants.

Our fundraising volunteers support Pilgrims in a broad range of roles. From event marshalling and running merchandise stalls at Pilgrims events, to collecting money at supermarkets and canvassing in the community, there’s something for everyone. If you have a creative flair, you could be a volunteer event photographer or videographer. You can also support us with press, publicity and marketing.

Get inspired by checking out our full range of events or contact your local fundraising team to find out how you can help.

We’re also proud to be supported by young people across east Kent.

Find out how you, your school or youth organisation can get involved with fundraising for Pilgrims

More than 800 people currently volunteer in our 31 shops across east Kent. They help to raise much-needed funds so that we can provide high-quality care and support to our patients and their families.

If you love meeting new people, have good communication skills and want to give back to your local community, volunteering at a Pilgrims shop could be the perfect role for you.

As a shop volunteer, you can be involved with a range of tasks, including:

  • Sorting donations
  • Steaming clothes
  • Serving customers on the shop floor and at the tills
  • Merchandising stock in the shop, including visual merchandising
  • PAT testing donated electrical goods
  • Ensuring the shop floor and back area are kept clean and tidy
  • Promoting the work of Pilgrims Hospices within the local community

Full training is provided and there are lots of other benefits, too.

We may be able to provide a reference (subject to qualifying period and satisfactory attendance).

Free tea, coffee and biscuits are always available!

To find out more, contact your local shop or check out our latest shop volunteering opportunities.

How to apply for a volunteer role

To apply for a volunteer role with Pilgrims, please download and complete an application form and send it to the relevant email address included on the volunteer opportunity listing.

As part of the recruitment process, Pilgrims Hospices collects and processes personal data relating to volunteer applicants. Pilgrims Hospices is committed to acting in a transparent manner at all times in relation to how it collects data and for what purposes, and will not retain the data of unsuccessful applicants for more than 6 months.

More information is available in our Privacy Policy.

With posts that are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975, it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

We're accredited by:

REVAMP, a quality mark for Volunteer Involving Organisations developed by Stronger Kent Communities, a leading provider of support for the voluntary sector in Kent.


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