What do you want to do?
People volunteer at Marie Curie for many reasons. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to support our work or simply want to get out and about for a good cause. Maybe you're looking for office experience, or want to spread the word about Marie Curie. Take a look at some of our roles - we may have the perfect one for you.
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Become an Expert Voice
Our Expert Voices are people who have had first-hand experience of end-of-life care as a carer, family member or friend. They represent the voice of patients and carers and the group plays a key role in providing advice to help improve our services and develop new ideas.
As an expert voice, you can choose how you want to feed in to discussions – by phone, email or at a face-to-face meeting.
Our Community Ambassadors go out and about giving talks about Marie Curie in their communities. We provide a toolkit of talks along with lots of information and statistics so our ambassadors can let people in their local communities know who we are and what we do.
Being a Community Ambassador is a role for someone who is organised and enthusiastic - it's up to the ambassadors to make local contacts and arrange speaking commitments.
Become a Helper Volunteer
Marie Curie Helper volunteers visit terminally ill people in their homes, offering companionship and support for up to three hours each week.
The role involves helping with activities such as reading, making short trips to the shops and providing information on local services. It also requires patience, empathy and the ability to listen.
Helper volunteers receive extensive training before they start, and then ongoing support throughout their time volunteering.
Volunteer as a business analyst
se your professional business experience to help us improve our planning and development.
Whether for a specific project, at the end of a phone for advice or on an on-going basis within a department, your skills and knowledge will help Marie Curie continue to improve and grow.
Volunteer as a Complementary Therapist
Our hospices offer patients and carers a range of complementary treatments. These are all provided by volunteers and benefit patients and carers greatly.
We'd love to hear from you if you're qualified in acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, massage, reflexology or reiki.
You’ll need to be a member of the relevant professional body for your therapy and also have professional insurance, but we’ll make sure you have a thorough induction and shadow someone until you’re confident in this very specific environment. Search all roles.
Volunteer as a Contracts Advisor
Legal advice is particularly valuable to charities. Contracts are an essential part of our work and being able to get a legal professional to take a second look is really helpful.
As a Contracts Advisor, you wouldn’t be expected to provide a full legal service, but being able to identify areas of concern or issues where we’d need to refer to a lawyer to get a resolution enables us to continue our work with confidence. Search all roles.
Have fun while helping a great cause
Across the UK, small groups of dedicated local people join together to raise funds for Marie Curie. Fundraising groups run their own events, organise collections, have coffee mornings and make a difference in their communities in countless other ways.
Being a Fundraising Group Member is a great way to meet new people and have fun while helping a great cause.
Woman 1: As a group, we can do more than you can as one person.
Woman 2: I think that this seems a more fun way of helping a charity.
Man 1: We're here to raise as much money as possible for Marie Curie.
Woman 3: I think the one word to sum up the group is friendship.
Woman 4: Today is the official launch of our Marie Curie Luton Fundraising Group.
Woman 5: Today is the winter fair, so it's something that we've worked towards for the six months before it.
Woman 6: Tonight's event is to celebrate our first anniversary of the group.
Man 2: It gives me great pleasure to pronounce this winter fair well and truly open.
Woman 7: I've come up to the cattle market for several years now. The farmers are always very generous and supportive.
Woman 8: We have dignitaries coming in today, two MPs and the Mayor and Mayoress who supported us. We're absolutely excited to, you know, go ahead and do a lot more fundraising events.
Woman 9: There's all kinds of different ways that you get involved.
Woman 10: Everybody is coming along with loads of ideas.
Woman 11: We're all strangers when we joined the group, and we've actually bonded and formed very quickly.
Woman 12: New to a city, new to a town, what better way to meet people, get out and do things?
Woman 13: Apart from getting money for Marie Curie, which is the main aim, I think we meet friends and we make new friends.
Woman 14: We definitely raise a lot more than I would be able to afford to give.
Woman 15: It also gives you a great sense of satisfaction when you realize at the year end just how much money we've raised.
Woman 16: We are all busy, but we give the time to be able to do events and raise money.
Woman 17: When you get more involved in a fundraising group, you get to understand the charity a bit more and understand how many different families they help.
Woman 18: We wouldn't be achieving anything like that. I wouldn't be existing without you.
Woman 19: We just have an amazing, fun time together.
Woman 20: I just think you just need to take the plunge and do it.
Woman 21: Together, I'm sure that we can do something absolutely marvelous.
Woman 22: It's so rewarding, so I love it.
Volunteer in a charity shop
Our shops feature a fantastic assortment of clothes, accessories and goodies at great prices. Volunteering in one of our shops is a great way to meet members of the public and help them with their shopping.
Shop volunteers help with the day-to-day running of our shops, working as part of a small, friendly team for half a day or more a week.
As a shop volunteer, you'd do things like operating the till, taking receipt of donated goods and helping customers on the shop floor. Volunteers also work behind the scenes to sort and prepare goods for sale in the shop. Search all roles
Be a hospice Catering Assistant
Whether it’s a cuppa or a three-course meal, hospice catering volunteers provide a vital service to our patients. Working as part of a team, Catering Assistants help serve refreshments and take the shop trolley into wards and rooms. This key role involves chatting to patients and the ability to work together with other volunteers and staff members. Search all roles
Be a hospice Driver
Our hospice drivers are vital to many of our day patients, who simply wouldn’t be able to get to the hospice for their appointments without them. Drivers go to homes throughout the area and give patients a lift in to the hospice. You’d need to have your own car but there’s a mileage allowance of 45p per mile so you shouldn’t be out of pocket. Search all roles
Be a hospice Day Care Assistant
Day Care Assistants support day patients during their time at the hospice. They help with a range of tasks including chatting to patients, running activities such as art and crafts and serving refreshments. Our Day Care Assistants need to be flexible, happy to get involved in whatever is required and be able to commit to a few hours each week or fortnight. Search all roles
Become a Community Ambassador
Our Community Ambassadors go out and about giving talks about Marie Curie in their communities. We provide a toolkit of talks and lots of information and statistics for our ambassadors to let people in their local communities know who we are and what we do. It’s a role for someone organised and enthusiastic as it is up to ambassadors to make local contacts and arrange speaking commitments. Search all roles
Be a Collection Box Coordinator
Collection Box Coordinators liaise with local shops, pubs and hotels to ensure that Marie Curie collection boxes feature prominently in their local community. Volunteers return regularly to replace full boxes before counting and banking the money. This is a role that lets you choose the level of commitment you would like to make as well as ensuring that Marie Curie is well known locally. Apply to be a collection box co-ordinator
Become an Admin Volunteer
Being part of a busy office, our admin volunteers support teams with a range of tasks including answering the phone, updating databases and producing documents. The role gives you the chance to build on your IT and admin skills and give you behind-the-scenes experience at a large national charity. Search all roles
Become a Project Assistant
Marie Curie manages all kinds of projects – big and small, short and long term. Project Assistants support the planning, implementation and evaluation of these projects. You'll need good organisational skills and enjoy team work. Search all roles.
Be a Fundraising Project Coordinator
Working with local fundraising teams, Project Coordinators play a key role in campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal, Swimathon and the Blooming Great Tea Party, helping with planning, promotion and recruitment. Search all roles.