Posted June 6, 2024

Organisation St Wilfrid's Hospice

We are seeking 16-23 year olds to join our In-Patient Unit for a six month programme, volunteering closely with nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and other clinical professionals to support hospice patients.

Where: St Wilfrid's Hospice, 1 Broadwater Way, Eastbourne BN22 9PZ

When: A four hour shift once a week - for a six month period from September 2024 to March 2025

DBS: Enhanced with adult barring check required

Closing date: Sunday 7th July. Please be aware that we may close application for this role early if we receive sufficient applications before the closing date, therefore if you are interested please consider submitting your application as early as possible.

Interviews: On various dates throughout July and August

About the role:

Young Clinical Volunteers (YCVs) are based on the hospice In-Patient Unit (IPU) and volunteer closely with patients, nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and other clinical professionals becoming part of the IPU team. Whilst they are with us, there is also the opportunity for participants to shadow ward rounds and clinical procedures. YCVs complete a workbook over the course of their programme. YCVs are supported throughout the programme by a mentor and the wider IPU team.

Please be aware that we have limited spaces on the programme and cannot accept everyone who applies.

What we are looking for:
It is essential that our Young Clinical Volunteers are:
* Compassionate: St Wilfrid’s volunteers care about others’ wellbeing. They recognise when someone needs help, supporting them irrespective of their own opinions or feelings and putting their needs first
* Professional: Volunteers want to use their skills individually and collectively to deliver the best service possible. They take pride in developing themselves and others
* Progressive: we are forward looking and thinking
* Respectful: We treat people with dignity and respect, always acknowledging and accepting people’s individuality. What makes us different makes us better

It is desirable that our Young Clinical Volunteers:
* Have considered what it might be like to volunteer in a hospice environment
* Understand the work of the hospice and have an idea about the role they are applying for
* Can demonstrate how they have used their initiative to solve a problem or complete a task

What you gain from this role:
* Hands on experience volunteering in a busy, progressive clinical environment
* The chance to volunteer with a variety of healthcare professionals and shadow a range of clinical procedures
* Careers Event featuring input from a several different healthcare professionals
* Professional Reference

Apply and more information

If this sounds like an opportunity to good to miss please complete our online application form using the link below.

Additionally please complete a covering letter containing answers to the following questions:
* What subject(s) are you currently studying and what are your academic and career ambitions for the future?
* Have you ever, or do you currently, do any other volunteering?
* Why do you want to volunteer as a Young Clinical Volunteer at St Wilfrid’s Hospice and why do you think you would be good at it?
* Do you have personal experience of bereavement? If yes, please provide details including how long ago and the relationship to you

Please return your cover letter by email to, by post, or drop it in next time you’re at the hospice before the closing date.

Please be aware successful applicants are required to attend an Induction Day on Saturday 21st September

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact the Voluntary Services Team on 01323 434205 or email

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