People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below is a list of volunteering roles within the Hospice with a short explanation of what the role may involve.


The support offered by Befrienders provides an opportunity for people living with a life-limiting illness and their carers to receive support, a break for carers, support to enable the individual to access community venues, events also hospital appointments and stays.

Dementia Befrienders

The support offered by Dementia Befrienders provides an opportunity for people living with Dementia and their carers to receive support, a break for carers, support to enable the individual to access community venues, events also hospital appointments and stays.

Margaret – Shop Volunteer

Shop Volunteers

The Hospice currently has 5 shops, run by volunteers in Ebbw Vale, Tredegar, Brynmawr, Abertillery and Blaenavon.

Shop volunteers are responsible for the day to day running of the shops; serving customers, taking and sorting donations, keeping the shop stocked and ensuring it is clean and tidy.

Van Drivers & Assistants

Hospice vans drivers & assistants collect donated furniture and clothing from homes around Blaenau Gwent and deliver it to our charity shops. They also deliver items sold from the shops to the customer’s home. The work is physical and a good degree of fitness is necessary for this work.

Anne-Marie and Stacey – Event Volunteers


Regular fundraising events are held by the Hospice and we always need people to help with publicising events by distributing posters and fliers, assisting in the organisation or helping out on the day of the event.

Some volunteers act as marshals, help with car parking or registration or by running fundraising stalls. We also need volunteers to help with regular supermarket or street collections and helping with fundraising mail outs and office work.

Administration & Reception Volunteers

We have a busy Administration department at the Hospice. Volunteers are needed to help by, greeting visitors and assisting them with any queries, making sure visitors sign in & out using the visitors book, answering the telephone, directing calls to the relevant person and taking messages when necessary, taking calls relating to the charity shops furniture sales and donations made by the public, also some other duties may be required, including, photocopying, shredding documents, laminating, and mailings.

Complementary Therapy

Our volunteer Complementary Therapists provide hands-on complementary therapies to Hospice patients with life limiting illness, for the primary purpose of physical and psychological well-being. Suitable volunteers need recognised qualifications and experience in the approved therapies, membership of an appropriate professional body, full insurance and a desire to learn especially about palliative care.


Apply today to become a Volunteer with Hospice of the Valleys!

Justin McCarthy
Volunteer Co-ordinator

More info….

01495 717277

Festival Drive, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent NP23 8XF T: 01495 717277 © 2016. Hospice of the Valleys is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 517724)