Founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Charity, St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK. We provide, high quality, specialist palliative care and support to people in our local community who have a life-limiting illness.Our core boroughs are City and Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham, but some of our services are also available to people in the surrounding boroughs of Waltham Forest, Islington, Haringey and Enfield reaching a population of around 2.1 million people.   All our services are free of charge.

We provide palliative care in the Hospice and in the community as we believe that people should choose where they receive their care. We take a holistic approach to our care, which means that we look after the wellbeing of the whole person, as well as their loved ones.  

We have a long history of volunteering, going right back to 1905. Today we have more than 40 different roles and around 600 volunteers, working in different areas of the Hospice and in the community. People volunteer for many different reasons; to make a positive impact on their local community, to meet new people, if they have a bit of time on their hands or if they are thinking about a career change and want to gain some experience. Whatever your reasons, we will find a role to suit you. There are many to choose from at St Joseph’s Hospice.  If you are interested in catering our Five Sisters Café could be the role for you or how about front of house, greeting people at reception. If your passion is retail then grab a few shifts in our Five Sisters Charity shop, it’s just over the road. Or you could go out and shake a bucket, it’s up to you. We also have many roles that are patient based ones, from befriending to working with Dementia patients. 

Drinks Trolley Host
The Drinks’ Trolley visits our wards twice a day to offer our patients free alcoholic & soft refreshments.
Dementia Wellbeing East London (Patient Facing)
Dementia Wellbeing East London is a person centred approach supporting people with dementia to engage in meaningful activity to promote an improved quality of life.
Cafe Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help run our Five Sisters Café which is located in our Community Hub, on the ground floor of the Hospice.
Emowered Living Team (ELT) Volunteer
If you are looking for a 1:1 patient contact volunteering experience or want to engage in a meaningful project, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.
Fundraising-Event Stewards
St Joseph’s Hospice relies on the generosity and support of our local community to permit us to continue providing for our patients and their families.
Fundraising-Office Support
St Joseph’s Hospice relies on the generosity and support of our local community to permit us to continue providing for our patients and their families.
Retail Volunteer
If you are interested in fashion or charity retail, or simply want to get more involved in your local community, then we would love to welcome you as a St Joseph’s Hospice Volunteer.
Compassionate Neighbours
Compassionate Neighbours is a social movement, founded by St Joseph’s Hospice in 2014, to help reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Islington Bereavement Service
The award winning Islington Bereavement Service needs volunteers to support bereaved people.
Carers Service Volunteer (Patient Facing)
St Joseph’s Carers Service is looking for new volunteers to help support unpaid family carers in East London.