Whether you’re living with a life-limiting illness, caring for someone who is, or grieving the death of a loved one, we’re here to help.To reach our main reception at the hospice, please call 01246 568801
There are lots of ways you can support us and help make a difference.
We are here for the people of North Derbyshire and beyond.
Shopping with us or donating items for us to sell helps fund our compassionate care.
Want to get involved? The next step is to fill in our volunteer enquiry form.
This handbook contains important and useful information about volunteering with us.
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Julian Bowers-Brown has been volunteering at Ashgate Hospice for almost three years. When he first joined, he worked out in the community supporting children between the ages of seven and 12 following the death of a close relative.
Mike Collins, a steward at Chesterfield FC, decided to volunteer in Ashgate’s Chesterfield town centre shop to gain some more retail experience eight years ago – and hasn’t looked back since.
Sisters, Alisha and Keris Hurrell, 17, from Temple Normanton in Chesterfield will spend Boxing Day volunteering on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice and are hoping to inspire others to come forward.
For most roles, the minimum age for volunteering at Ashgate Hospice is 15 years old. For patient-facing roles, you will need to be at least 17 years old.
You can give as much or as little of your time as you can. Every little helps! Some of our roles, particularly patient-facing roles, need a little more training. So, for those roles, we do ask that volunteers commit to a regular shift if possible.
The easy answer to that is anyone. Everyone has something to bring to Ashgate Hospice. We want our volunteer teams to represent the diversity of our local community. For example:
We advertise all our current volunteer roles on our website. If your preferred role isn’t advertised, we’d still love to hear from you. Our Volunteering Team can give advice on volunteering and help to match you to the right role.
No, all we ask is that you work within our values and bring a positive, can-do attitude. We’ll match you to the right role and provide you with the training required.
All roles have on-the-job training. We also ask that all volunteers complete our essential training. This will enable you to keep yourself safe in the role and give you all the knowledge and skills you need to carry it out. We also have role-specific training where required.
We pay full travel expense for volunteers travelling on public transport. We also pay car mileage and car parking charges (conditions apply).
Please complete our volunteer enquiry form. You can find this on our website or we can post a copy out to you. To find out more, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01246 568801.
We do ask for either one or two references depending on the role you are applying for. We also require DBS checks for some roles.
Yes, we do. Corporate volunteers can help us in many ways, whether that’s in our grounds and gardens, in our shops or at events. You can help us to build community links and valuable business support. Corporate volunteering gives us the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of people with varied skills. If you’re interested in corporate volunteering, please contact Ali Ward Foster at email@example.com. Find out more about corporate support.
We ask that people who have recently experienced a bereavement wait for twelve months, until after the first anniversary of the death before applying for a role that is patient facing on the ward or in our Supportive Care team. We have had feedback that suggests the reality of being in a hospice setting can be particularly emotive and challenging for those who are recently bereaved.
As a hospice we also understand that volunteering can be very helpful in coming to terms with grief. We therefore have a number of different roles that are not patient facing which we would encourage potential volunteers to consider as an alternative.