Volunteering in Retail


Join us as a retail  volunteer in our new shop!

We are currently looking for customer service focused volunteers with knowledge of luxury, unique and antique buys.

If you have spare time to indulge in your passion for high end fashion and high value collectibles, we’d love your  help to showcase our exclusively selected donations to discerning customers in our new shop now open in Central Milton Keynes- Willen Hospice Select. Find out more and apply here.


Volunteer in one of our shops

If you join us in retail, here are some of the roles you could be helping us in

  • Operating a till
  • Helping customers
  • Pricing items

Please complete the  form below and we’ll help you find out more about available roles and arrange a trial shift.

We couldn’t provide our care without the support we receive from volunteers

Volunteering with us can be really rewarding. It gives you an opportunity to socialise, develop new skills and gain experience.  Our roles are varied and include; supporting our nurses with patient care, welcoming visitors as a receptionist or helping in one of our shops.  If these are not what you had in mind, you might like to offer your time to help us with administrative tasks in our offices, the maintenance of our beautiful gardens next to the lake or sorting donations in our distribution centre.

How does it work?

Decide how much time you would like to offer.  We will try to find a role that matches your availability, whether that’s regular hours weekly, monthly or ad hoc. Please also let us know if you have any particular interests, experience or a specialist skill that you’d like to put to good use.

How to apply

Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch! 

Call us on 01908 306998, email volservices@willen-hospice.org.uk or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.


Volunteering for Willen Hospice

  • (If you don't have a home phone please repeat your mobile number)
  • How would you like us to contact you about volunteering? You can select more than one.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in a shop, choose from the locations listed below, and list them in your order of preference.

    Ampthill, Bletchley, Stony Stratford, Stony Stratford Bookshop, Buckingham, Kiln Farm Furniture Shop, Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Bridal Boutique, Newport Pagnell, Off The Record music shop, Olney, Towcester, Woburn Sands, The Point or The Point Coffee Shop, The Hangout. Willen Hospice Select
  • We promise to look after the information you give us, and it will only be used to manage your expression of interest about volunteering. If you would like to know how we collect, process, and store your personal information, our Privacy Notice is available on our website. Your ongoing support helps our patients and their families, and we look forward to keeping in touch by post and phone to share our news with you and other ways you can get involved. Would you also like to hear from us by:
  • Any past preferences you have stated with regards to post and phone will be maintained. If you would rather not hear from us, or would like to change how we contact you, please let us know here by emailing supportercare@willen-hospice.org.uk or call 01908 303050.

Find out how we handle data privacy for new applicants and current volunteers.

Volunteer in our online shops

Did you know that many of the items that are donated to us, are resold on our eBay or Depop shop? There are plenty of volunteer positions available, and we’ll happily give you a role that plays to your skills or specialism. If you are keen to learn, but have no expereince, we will train you. See our roles below.

Find out how we handle data privacy for new applicants and current volunteers.

Meet one of our volunteers

For some of the amazing people who give up their time for Willen, volunteering is completely new. Rosie began volunteering at our Grafton Gate Outlet Store in April last year and is really pleased she did. “I’ve never volunteered like this before, so this is my first experience and I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Not only does Rosie enjoy the sociable side and the opportunity to give back to her local community, volunteering also helps to improve her own happiness.  “I’m finding it very helpful for my own mental health and wellbeing so if anyone wants to do it I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s brilliant.”

In a typical year...
our cost, per minute
phone calls to patients at home
fabulous volunteers
patients cared for at home
home visits
patients at the hospice
of cups of tea
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.