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.

Which volunteer opportunity is right for you?

Move the slider below to see what your time could achieve. How much time can you spare to volunteer?

One minute

Follow us on Facebook  , to see real stories and find out what we’re up to, share the posts that interest you with friends, and watch a video or two to get a feel for what we do.

Find us on Facebook

30 minutes

Browse the range of information and support we offer online, in printed publications and over the phone. Share what you find with someone who might find it useful.

Find information and support

A couple of hours

Our 190 shops across the UK are crying out for your pre-loved clothes and accessories. If you have a few hours to spare, clear out your wardrobe and donate to your local Marie Curie charity store. 

Find out more

A day

Host your own Marie Curie fundraising event. This could be anything from a pamper night or Blooming Great Tea Party to a sponsored skinny dip or walk.

Get ideas

A few hours a month

Our Marie Curie Ambassadors go out and about giving talks about Marie Curie in their communities. If you are organised, enthusiastic and have local contacts in your community then this may be the role for you.

Become an ambassador

A few hours a week

Volunteer at a Marie Curie hospice. There’s a wide range of things you can do – anything from a hospice driver, gardener or complementary therapist, to a receptionist.

See how to support our hospices

A few days a month

Become part of our dedicated teams in one of our offices. Roles range from administration volunteers and fundraising project coordinators, to project assistants and interns.

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Be vocal in your support for Marie Curie

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.

Search all roles or Read Carol's story of being an Expert Voice

My opinions and experience are valued. Being a carer has given me contact, communication and, most importantly, somewhere that we are sensitively understood. It is also a safe place to deal with and discuss what life has thrown at us.
Carol, who became an Expert Voice after caring for her partner, Diane

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 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.

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Get out and about in your area

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.

Find out more about local fundraising groups or read Katy's story of volunteering in a fundraising group

I have always enjoyed volunteering for the charity and coming away feeling that I have done something worthwhile. Being in a fundraising group multiplies that feeling and is also a lot of fun.
Katy, Treasurer at the Epsom fundraising group
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Video transcription

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.

Women: Yeah.

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

Marie Curie Glasgow Hospice

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


Gain office skills

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

I get involved in a variety of tasks from handling income from our supporters to updating supporter information on our database. I enjoy working in the team – everyone is really friendly and I have learned a great deal
Alex, university student

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.

Office Volunteer at Marie Curie