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Volunteer for Us

When people ask what they could do as a volunteer, the short answer is - almost anything!

Volunteers support our work in every department.  Some volunteer directly with patients, others help in administrative roles.  A large number work in our shops, whilst others assist on an occasional basis with fundraising activities.  

Every single person who volunteers for us, in whatever role they undertake, is directly helping their Island community.

If you would like to come and have an informal chat with our Voluntary Services Manager, Richard Dent, phone (01983) 217322 or email

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our shops, just pop in and speak to the manager or assistant, who can talk you through the different tasks you could help with.

Volunteer in our Sunflower Cafe

As part of plans to extend services to reach more patients, families and visitors, the hospice is aiming to open its Sunflower Café for longer. Currently, the café is open from 8am until 4pm during the week and offers a light bite and lunch menu in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment for people attending the John Cheverton Centre, patients and families being cared for on our Inpatient Unit and anyone who would like to pop in for delicious cuisine as a place to meet friends. On Sundays, customers can enjoy a delicious three-course lunch for just £7.95 for adults and £5 for children. 

With the help of additional volunteers, it would be possible to extend the cafe service up until 8pm in the evenings, seven days a week.  Watch our video about volunteering in our Sunflower Café and hear from other volunteers about the role.

Volunteer in our shops and donation centre

Earl Mountbatten has ten shops across the Isle of Wight, and a warehouse in Newport where we collect and sort through the donations we receive. We are always looking for volunteers to help support our shops and warehouses, so we can turn our donations into vital funds for patient and family care.

John Cheverton Centre Shop

In the heart of the Hospice, this role is very much about being with our visiting families and public, who take time out to explore the Hospice site. This could involve selling a book to a patient on our ward, dealing with an incoming delivery, or providing patients or families with the one item they forgot to pack.

High Street shops

It's all about being there! Talking to our customers, you become the face of the Hospice. For many of our visitors, you become the 'fount of all knowledge' about our events, fundraising and the care we provide. We operate as a normal store would do, so one minute you could be on the till, and the next you might be putting out the incoming delivery or providing excellent customer service. There's never a 'normal' day, and if you like variety you will love this customer facing role. 

Warehouse - Donation and Distribution Centre, Newport

Do you like rummaging? Interested in the past? Like seeing the next bargain before it hits the stores? Then volunteering at the warehouse / donations centre in Newport could be for you. If sorting or exploring is your thing, then this is the location for you.    

For all of our vacancies, feel free to pop in and see our store managers and have a coffee with them, so you can see what we do and where we need your help!

"It's another's kept me in this world!"


Maureen, Patient