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.
Some of our largest volunteer teams are within our fundraising and retail departments:
Our fundraising volunteers support Pilgrims in a broad range of roles. From event marshalling and running fundraising stalls at Pilgrims events, to collecting money at supermarkets or fundraising and raising awareness in the community. We also require volunteers to help serve delicious treats or help to set up and move event equipment at Pilgrims-led events.
If you have creative flair, you could be a volunteer event photographer or videographer. You could also support us with press, publicity and marketing. There’s something for everyone!
Get inspired by checking out our full range of events or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
As a Pilgrims volunteer, you'll feel valued, gain new skills, and build confidence. We have a variety of roles available and are always looking for additional talented and motivated people to join our volunteer team.
We would love to hear from you!
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.
Click below to see full details about our current volunteer opportunities.
Shop Volunteer: Whitstable Furniture
Pilgrims Hospices is seeking volunteers at its Whitstable Furniture shop to support its vital work across east Kent.
Shop Volunteer: Westgate-on-Sea
Pilgrims Hospices is seeking volunteers at its Westgate-on-Sea shop to support its vital work across east Kent.
Shop Volunteer: Tenterden Vintage
Pilgrims Hospices is seeking volunteers at its Tenterden Vintage shop to support its vital work across east Kent.
Shop Volunteer: Sandwich
Pilgrims Hospices is seeking volunteers at its Sandwich shop on the Kentish coast to support its vital work across east Kent.
Shop Volunteer: Ramsgate
Pilgrims Hospices is seeking volunteers at its Ramsgate shop to support its vital work across east Kent.
General Data Protection Regulations Statement
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.
Disclosure and Barring Service check
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.
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REVAMP, a quality mark for Volunteer Involving Organisations developed by Stronger Kent Communities, a leading provider of support for the voluntary sector in Kent.