Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are amazing!

They are a crucial part of the Derian family who give up their time and expertise to support the important work we do every day.

Would you like to get involved?

There are plenty of interesting roles you can get involved in:

  • Supporting our Clinical Team
  • Play specialists
  • Reception & Administration
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Working in our shops
  • Driving, transport and warehouse support
  • Supporting our events
  • You could even become a Trustee!

So how do I volunteer?

Take a look at the opportunities available using the tabs below where you’ll find any contact details you need.

If you’re unsure what you’d like to get involved in, just fill in the form at the bottom of the page and someone will be in touch!

If you would like to know more about any of the roles, or if you have any questions, feel free to call 01257 233300 or email volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

We’ll just need to carry out a few checks beforehand, but don’t worry, it’s straightforward.

Thank you – we hope to hear from you soon!

What is a Housekeeping Assistant Volunteer?

Our Housekeeping Volunteers support all aspects of cleaning and laundry for the Hospice by following cleaning regimes and ensuring all tasks are completed to a high standard.

By washing laundry, hoovering and cleaning rooms you will help to create a vibrant atmosphere for our families to enjoy.

As a Housekeeping Volunteer we ask you to provide a regular commitment, perhaps one or two afternoons per week. The hospice operates 24/7 so we can be very flexible with dates and times for the role.

What’s in it for you?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping us maximise the provision of housekeeping within the hospice
  • Share any specialist knowledge you have with our housekeeping team
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • A great way to support your local children’s charity
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House
  • Great personal satisfaction

What’s involved?

  • To assist with keeping main areas of the hospice and Vinten Place clean and tidy.
  • To carry out specific duties such as cleaning offices, reception area, meeting rooms and corridors as directed by our Housekeeping Coordinator.
  • Support the laundry function with washing, drying, ironing and putting items away.

This role will suit people who …. have a positive attitude and enjoy working both in a team or independently. We really value honesty, integrity and reliability in our volunteers and staff and in return we will do our best to provide you with a rewarding volunteer experience.

How to apply:

Contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to have a chat and request an application form via

01257 233 300

volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Volunteering Location:

Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chancery Road, Chorley, PR7 1DH

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be aged 16 years+

Time commitment:
Minimum: Half a day per week as agreed (Monday to Sunday)
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided
Expenses:
Free lunch will be provided on site

What is a Fundraising Driver Volunteer?

Our helpful Fundraising Drivers support our Community & Corporate Fundraising teams by ensuring items for our Derian events are delivered/collected in a timely and professional manner to companies or community groups within the North West.

A regular way in how we raise vital funds for the hospice is to ensure we provide an efficient drop off & return service to local businesses for our money collection buckets and this role is pivotal in ensuring this runs smoothly.

What’s in it for you?

  • Enjoy new experiences and becoming part of the Derian team
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Take advantage of the training on offer from the hospice
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House.
  • Really make a difference to the experience our children and families have at Derian House

What’s involved?

  • Follow the policy and guidelines regarding driving hospice vehicles
  • Being presentable at all times as you will represent Derian to local companies & communities
  • Ensure you have a clean UK driving licence
  • You must have a minimum of 2 years driving experience for insurance purposes
  • Complete a Driver Declaration Form
  • Gain an awareness of the services that Derian House offers to our Children, Young People and their families.

This role will suit people who are…. friendly and will enjoy working with another volunteer. If you love driving out and about in the local area then this is the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. What are you waiting for?

How to apply:
Contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to have a chat and request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Time commitment:
Once a week for a morning or afternoon
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Important Information:
Drivers must be under 70 years
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.

What is an eCommerce Volunteer?

Our e-commerce Volunteers support our retail team with sales of donated items via our online sales platforms such as eBay. They also ensure that mail orders from our online Derian shop are picked & packed, ready for shipping.
If you enjoy selling items online and getting stuck into some research, so we can get the best value, then this is the perfect role for you!
As an e-commerce Volunteer we ask you to provide a regular commitment, perhaps one or two afternoons per week in our lovely Blackburn shop during our peak periods.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain significant experience in eCommerce
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping us maximise our retail income
  • Share any specialist knowledge you have with our retail teams
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • A great way to support your local children’s charity
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House.
  • Great personal satisfaction

What’s involved?

  • Researching the value of donated items and setting prices Taking photos of items
  • Listing items for sale on eBay etc.
  • Picking and packing sold items
  • Reviewing progress of online sales
  • Picking and packing orders for Derian merchandise

This role will suit people who… have a positive attitude and enjoy working both in a team or independently. You will also need basic computer, internet & photography skills. Experience with selling on eBay or other marketplaces (Etsy, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace) or picking and packing in a warehouse is desirable but not essential. We really value honesty, integrity and reliability in our volunteers & staff and in return we will do our best to provide you with a rewarding volunteer experience.

How to apply:
Contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to have a chat and request an application form via
01257 233 300

volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Volunteering Location:
Derian House Blackburn Shop, 19 King William Street, BB1 7DJ

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be aged 16 years+

Time commitment:
Minimum: Half a day per week (Monday to Friday) as agreed
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

What is a Drivers Mate?

Do you enjoy being out & about? Meeting new people in your local community? Then this could be the role for you!

This vital role involves helping our drivers in organising & collecting all donated items of furniture, ensuring are shops remain well stocked & customers receive their deliveries in a professional manner.
Experience is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain significant warehouse experience
  • Get out and about in your local community
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • A great way to support your local children’s charity
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House.
  • Recognition awards for length of service
  • Great personal satisfaction

What’s involved?

  • Loading & unloading the van, working within moving & handling guidelines
  • Supporting our drivers with collecting donations & making deliveries of furniture & stock, which at times can be physically demanding.
  • Working with the warehouse team to co-ordinate deliveries & collections
  • Assisting with calls to customers awaiting deliveries and collections
  • Having an awareness of the services that Derian House offers to our Children, Young People and their families so you can answer any questions customers may ask about the hospice
  • Help to recruit new volunteers to Derian by making friends & families aware of our opportunities

This role will suit people who… are friendly & helpful, have good customer service skills, a positive can do attitude & enjoy working on their own initiative or as part of team. We really value honesty, integrity & reliability in our volunteers & staff & in return we will do our best to provide you with a rewarding volunteer experience.

What is a Drivers Mate?

Do you enjoy being out & about? Meeting new people in your local community? Then this could be the role for you!

This vital role involves helping our drivers in organising & collecting all donated items of furniture, ensuring are shops remain well stocked & customers receive their deliveries in a professional manner.
Experience is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain significant warehouse experience
  • Get out and about in your local community
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • A great way to support your local children’s charity
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House.
  • Recognition awards for length of service
  • Great personal satisfaction

What’s involved?

  • Loading & unloading the van, working within moving & handling guidelines
  • Supporting our drivers with collecting donations & making deliveries of furniture & stock, which at times can be physically demanding.
  • Working with the warehouse team to co-ordinate deliveries & collections
  • Assisting with calls to customers awaiting deliveries and collections
  • Having an awareness of the services that Derian House offers to our Children, Young People and their families so you can answer any questions customers may ask about the hospice
  • Help to recruit new volunteers to Derian by making friends & families aware of our opportunities

This role will suit people who… are friendly & helpful, have good customer service skills, a positive can do attitude & enjoy working on their own initiative or as part of team. We really value honesty, integrity & reliability in our volunteers & staff & in return we will do our best to provide you with a rewarding volunteer experience.

How to apply:
Contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to have a chat and request an application form via

01257 233 300

volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Volunteering Location:

Derian Warehouse, White Bear Marina, Adlington, PR7 4HZ

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be aged 16 years+

Time commitment:
Minimum: One day per week (Monday to Friday), 9am to 4pm
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.

Expenses:

Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

What is a Warehouse Assistant Volunteer?

Our warehouse unit is located in Adlington, it is a vital link in supporting the running of the shops and the Hospice. With running costs in excess of £4.8 million a year every penny does count. As a volunteer, your role will be to work with a team of paid staff and other volunteers, to ensure our shops remain well stocked and customers receive deliveries in a professional manner. Experience of working within a Warehouse is not essential, it’s more important to us that you are keen to make a difference and enjoy working as part of team.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain significant warehouse/work experience
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life, making new friends along the way
  • Enjoy new experiences and learn something new every day
  • Be part of making our retail sector a success
  • Get involved with other Derian volunteers at our events
  • Take advantage of the training on offer from the hospice
  • Regular Meet & Greet events for all volunteers
  • Opportunities to join our Volunteers Forum – helping to shape the future of volunteering at Derian House.
  • Recognition awards for length of service
  • Great personal satisfaction

What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm and friendly experience to all of our customers.
  • Assisting with sorting donations.
  • Preparing items that have been sold through eBay.
  • Helping with lifting bulky or heavy items of furniture/stock.
  • Assist our Transport team with accompanying them on trips to collect or deliver items.
  • Having an awareness of the services that Derian House offers to our Children, Young People and their families so you can answer any questions customers may ask about the hospice.
  • Help to recruit new volunteers to Derian by making customers aware of our opportunities.

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful and enjoys working as part of team, you will be someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis and are willing to provide a regular commitment and participate in mandatory training.

How to apply:
Contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to have a chat and request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be aged 16 years+

Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

What is a Volunteer Shop Assistant?

As a volunteer, your role will be to work with a team of paid staff and other volunteers, to ensure our customers have a wonderful shopping experience. Experience of working within a shop is not essential, it’s more important to us that you are keen to make a difference and enjoy working as part of team

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Saturday 

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus
Volunteering Location:
Derian House Children’s Hospice Shop, 77-79 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1JJ

What’s involved?

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Sunday

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

 

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Saturday

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

 

What’s involved?

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Sunday

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

 

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Saturday

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

 

Flexible hours & days available Monday to Saturday 

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm & friendly service to our customers
  • Assist with shop displays
  • Prepare items for sale – hanging, steaming & sizing
  • Process cash & card payments
  • Process Gift Aid on receipt of donations
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the shop

This role will suit people who are…. friendly & helpful, keen to make every customer feel special & someone who enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis.

How to apply:
Pop into our shop for a chat or contact Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator to request an application form via
01257 233 300
volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

Email Application to volunteer@derianhouse.co.uk

  • Volunteers must be 16yrs plus
Time commitment:
Once a week, times/days to be agreed at interview
Volunteer Contact:
Frances Lees, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Training:
Full site induction & mandatory annual training will be provided.
Expenses:
Lunch allowance for shifts 6.5hrs plus

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Please complete the forms below to enquire about Volunteering for Derian House.

Send us a Message
Telephone us on:

01257 233 300

We will put you in touch with the appropriate member of staff to deal with your enquiry.

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