Volunteer with our patients, families and those who care for them

Our volunteers help support patients, families, carers and those around them in key roles across Herts and Bucks.

Volunteer with our patients, families and those who care for them

Whether you have specific experience you’d like to put to good use, or fancy learning some new skills, we’d love to hear from you.

Below are some examples of the kind of roles our volunteers do across the hospice, please scroll down for our current list of opportunities.

Inpatient Unit (IPU) Assistants Volunteers in this role provide invaluable support to staff, patients and their families and carers in our 12-bed unit in Peace Hospice in Watford. They provide much needed assistance to the smooth running of the unit, providing practical support at patient mealtimes, collecting menu choices and delivering meals and welcoming visitors to the unit.

Sam and Esha

Compassionate Neighbours Compassionate Neighbours provide social and emotional support and companionship to people who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation as a result of living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement. After training, you'll be matched with people based on location, interests and character, with the aim of creating genuine, mutually-beneficial friendships.

Supporting Hands

Supporting Hands volunteers Supporting Hands volunteers provide support, companionship and respite care to hospice patients and their families. Your role may include accompanying a patient to an appointment or on a walk, collecting prescriptions, helping with some light housework or gardening, or simply sharing an activity together.

Complementary therapists Can you use your complementary therapy skillset to help support our work in the community? Our patients benefit from massage, aromatherapy, reiki, reflexology, and other complementary therapies – delivered by our team of fully qualified volunteer therapists.  Find out more about our complementary therapy.

Counsellors and trainee counsellors Our counsellors support individuals with their diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and end-of-life preparation. You'll also assist family members and caregivers pre and post bereavement. As a trainee counsellor, we provide support and supervision for the best placement experience. Counsellors interested in palliative care can volunteer a few hours a week and continue their CPD in a well-supported environment.

Living Well volunteer Living Well volunteers support our clinicians in keyworker roles, helping patients and those around them to cope with a life-changing diagnosis. In this important role, you’ll help ensure patients get the maximum benefit from their time at Grove House, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Why our volunteers love working with patients and those around them

As well as helping to make a huge difference to the running of our patient services,our incredible volunteers say they find working at Rennie Grove Peace both rewarding and sociable. Here are just some of the other benefits they listed:

Get a real feeling of connection when volunteering for Rennie Grove

Making connections Helping people who are going through a difficult time gives enormous personal satisfaction, and there is great value in meeting people and making a connection at this time of life.

Make a direct impact on people’s lives volunteering for Rennie Grove

Having a real impact Making a difference to our patients’ lives, and helping those around then, when they need it the most.

Make a difference right on your doorstep volunteering for Rennie Grove

Working for the community Helping families in the local community who need specialist hospice care means your time and energy is harnessed for a good cause.

“It’s a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere at Grove House and the staff really support you as a volunteer. I feel very valued in my role and look forward to continuing it.”

Mahdiya, Living Well volunteer

Volunteer Mahdiya in front of a plant