This volunteer role provides the first and last point of contact at the Hospice for visitors/clients, health care professionals and other agencies, both face to face and on the phone. It is a key role in ensuring that all visitors receive a warm welcome and positive experience at the Hospice.

Time commitment The Reception Desk is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 9pm on weekdays and from 9.30am until 9pm at the weekend. This is covered by four different shifts each day ranging from 2 to 4.5 hours each.

It is important that the volunteer arrives on time for their shift and a hand-over.

We also recruit volunteers as “floaters” to cover vacant shifts and short notice absences when required.

Tasks and activities

• Provide a friendly, empathetic and efficient Front of House reception service by welcoming and directing visitors, being mindful of the needs of distressed relatives. Providing a pro-active response to the wide range of enquiries and questions asked of the Receptionist.

• Ensure that all visitors to the Hospice sign in and out on arrival and departure.

• Operate a small switchboard to answer and direct external calls to relevant staff/teams within the Hospice.

• Deal with donations received at Reception by completing the relevant documentation and, if appropriate, contacting a member of the Supporter Care department to come to Reception to thank the donor.

• Work collaboratively with the Welcome and Coffee Shop volunteers and the Reception Team Leader, as part of the wider Front of House team.

What skills do I need?

• Personable with excellent communication (verbal and written) skills.

• Discrete and able to maintain confidentiality at all times.

• Organised and able to prioritise and be trusted with sensitive information.

• Computer literate - particularly e-mail and internet

• Tact and diplomacy, particularly when dealing with distressed people or sensitive situations.

• Flexibility and timeliness.

• Enjoy working in a team environment

• Happy to undertake lone working (certain shifts) while maintaining a team role within the Front of House services.

• Self-motivated

• Demonstrable commitment to our values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

  • Health and Hospices
  • No Specific Interest
  • Older People
  • Administration and Office
  • Advice and Information
  • No specific activites


When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Availability Details

We are searching for volunteers to cover those shifts: Reception: • Thursday 7pm to 9pm shift, alternate weeks • Friday 5pm to 7pm shift, once a month • Saturday 4pm to 7pm • Saturdays and Sundays 7pm to 9pm – once a month • Floaters, particularly at weekend Welcome: • Saturday morning – 10am to 1pm, twice a month • Floaters


West End Lane
KT10 8NA

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