Volunteers make up 80% of our workforce and are absolutely vital to what we do. They selflessly give up their time to help patients, families, visitors and staff. We couldn’t do it without them.

Become a volunteer

We’re proud of the level of care we provide, but we couldn’t do it without our army of 600+ volunteers. They don’t just support our team – they represent 80% of our workforce and are an integral part of our service, both in the Hospice and out in the community.

Become a volunteer

Popular roles

At present, we have over 40 roles for volunteers. Here are some of our more popular roles:

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Reception volunteer

Our volunteers are the public face of the Hospice, manning the switchboard, welcoming patients and families, helping direct visitors and volunteers.

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Patient Support volunteer

Supporting our in-patient team, looking after patients’ needs, ensuring their comfort and wellbeing and helping with activities and interests.

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Shop volunteer

Whether busy in the stock room or at the till meeting the public, you can help us fundraise whilst also reaching out to our local communities.

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Research support volunteer

Supporting our staff in education and research in a variety of new and innovative projects in palliative care.

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“The volunteer pilot has shown me a different aspect of care which I would not have been able to experience without St Columba’s and I now feel more prepared and excited for what lies ahead as I take my first steps to become a nurse.”

Young Volunteering Pilot 2019


Ready to take the next step?

Start your volunteering journey with St Columba’s Hospice Care today and not only will you make a huge difference to the quality of life of many people across Edinburgh and the Lothians, you’ll also make friends and have fun.

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