Helper service

Find out how your patients could benefit from our Helper volunteers service, which offers companionship and practical support to terminally ill people, their families and carers. 

What do Marie Curie Helper volunteers do?

Helper volunteers allow carers to take a break, and help the person who is ill to complete the everyday tasks which can make a real difference to quality of life – from making a cup of tea to getting to a hospital appointment.

Helpers can be available for up to three hours a week, and can also provide support over the telephone. Read more about the benefits of our Helper service and how it works.

How to refer your patient to the Marie Curie Helper service

People can self-refer to the service, but we also welcome referrals from healthcare professionals. Contact the Helper service in your area to find out more or make a referral.

Please note: Helper volunteers are not able to assist with personal and clinical care, formal counselling, or regular domestic tasks.

If you have a patient with those sorts of needs, you might find it helpful to contact your Marie Curie Regional Nursing Office – staff there may be able to advise on other available services.

Local Helper services

Argyll & Bute

Tel: 0800 304 7027


Tel: 0800 3047 412


Tel: 0800 3047 412

Dumfries and Galloway

Tel: 0800 304 7691

East London

Tel: 0800 304 7403


Tel: 0800 304 7406



Tel: 0800 304 7024


Tel: 0800 304 7402


Tel: 0800 304 7692

Northern Ireland

Tel: 0800 304 7404

North London

Tel: 0800 304 7408

North Yorkshire (Craven District)

Tel: 0800 304 7411


Tel: 0800 304 7401


Tel: 0800 3047 412

South Wales

Tel: 0800 304 7407

Tyne and Wear

Tel: 0800 304 7409

West Midlands

Tel: 0800 304 7405

West Yorkshire

Tel: 0800 304 7411

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