Volunteer - North West Hospice


No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted – Aesop

Volunteers make a difference to North West Hospice! They have an important role in enhancing and supporting our services and are an integral part of our hospice team. Their friendly presence, enthusiasm, commitment and diverse skills bring a unique dimension to our care environment. In their various roles they are making an important difference to the scope and reach of our services improving the quality of life for those who stay with us and their families. Through their involvement with us, Volunteers continue to strengthen and develop our relationship with the community that we serve.


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What Kind Of Volunteering Can I Do?

All our Volunteer roles develop in accordance with our needs. They are either carried out inside the hospice or out in the community. Depending on the Volunteer role, specific documentation such as a valid driver’s licence, approved and accredited training certificates, active membership of association documents etc. are required. At present, Volunteers carry out a wide variety of roles in North West Hospice.

Inside The Hospice:

  • Reception cover (evenings & weekends)
  • Hospitality
  • Hairdressing
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Beauty Care
  • Podiatry
  • Music
  • Gardener
  • Dog Therapy
  • Home Baker

In The Community:

  • Driver
  • Community Massage Therapist/Reflexologist
  • Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Photographer
  • Retail Assistant at North West Hospice Charity Shop Carrick-on-Shannon

If you are interested in volunteering with us then we look forward to hearing from you!

All you need to do is:

  1. Fill out an application form, which you can download here or collect from the hospice
  2. Provide two references (required to complete your application)
  3. Agree to Garda Vetting and provide photo ID
  4. Make a regular weekly/fortnightly time commitment for a minimum of 1 year
  5. Attend volunteer training and induction

Even if a volunteer role is not vacant right now, we will keep your application on file and contact you when a suitable vacancy arises.

What Happens After I Have Applied:

After receiving your application, we will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your interest and the availability of volunteer roles. If we have a suitable role for you, you will attend our Volunteer training. Full training must be completed before starting in your role. As a Volunteer with us we will offer ongoing support to you in your role. It is our hope that your Volunteering experience with us is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact Paula Cooney, our Volunteer Coordinator

Retail Volunteers Wanted

North West Hospice Charity Shops now open in  Sligo and Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Due to the great success of our charity shops in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon we need extra volunteers to help us!

Our shop in Carrick requires volunteers on Saturday afternoon 1.30pm to 5pm.
Our shop in Sligo requres volunteers Monday to Saturday 10am -5pm.

Do you have a few hours to spare? Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet people, have fun, and help to support your local Hospice. Shop Volunteers can help in many different ways – preparing goods for sale, helping customers in the shop and helping at the till. They provide a friendly welcome to customers and help the shop to run smoothly.

The role involves preparing and receiving stock, tagging and pricing of second hand goods and clothing, cash register sales, merchandising and general customer service.


Minimum 3 hours per week

Friendly outgoing personality

Happy working as part of a team

If interested, please click here
Fill in application and return to:

Mary Forte

North West Hospice Centre

Wine Street Car Park


Tel:  071 9170523

Email  volunteer@northwesthospice.ie


It is in giving of oneself, that one receives – St Francis of Assisi


"Thank you for looking after our Mum so well. We won't forget you when we think of Mum, too."

"From the time he was diagnosed as terminal the Northwest Hospice were fantastic in providing support not only to Aidan but to us as a family. From the palliative care team that called on a regular basis to our home to help relieve the agonising pain he suffered with, to the respite facilities he utilised in the hospice itself; the hospice staff always provided an invaluable service. This service was always delivered with a smile, humour when appropriate and most importantly constant caring and professionalism. Our family could not speak highly enough of the North West Hospice Team."

"Just to say thank you so much for being our friend and our support during Seamus's illness. There were days when we felt down and your visit was like a breath of fresh air. So continue your great work. You will always have a place in our hearts"

"Many, many thanks for all you did for Colin. I can honestly say, without your visits and encouragements, he wouldn't have been able to cope with his illness as well as he did."

"There are no words to express our deep appreciation to you for the way you held Gerry and ourselves in the palm of your hand during his last hours with us. May you continue to bring your love, care and attention to many other families."

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to the staff, they’re an amazing bunch of people who made my dad Christy’s stay so comfortable and happy. All the staff who made even family and friends welcome. You gave my mum the time and comfort to be with him so thank you so much."

“Thank you so much for all the wonderful help and support you gave to my Dad and to my Mother and all of us when Dad was dying. I will never forget your dedication, your love, your generosity, your patience and your kindness. Your work in life is a true vocation. Through your support we were able to keep Dad at home and let him have his wish.”

“I just want to say a very big thank you for your kindness and caring for Mary. What you did was way beyond the call of duty. The way you cared in those last few days of Mary’s life and thought of every little detail was heartwarming to watch. This was my experience of hospice care and all I can say is that your kindness to Mary was unsurpassable.”

“I can never thank you enough for all you did for my mother, and your help and support to us. I could never have come through without you. You were my sanity and life support.” 

“I want to put in writing my deep gratitude to you for helping us with Teresa. You gave her what she so much deserved – time, dignity, and comfort in a very honest way.”

Your generosity helps us continue to provide specialist care with compassion. We are sincerely grateful for your support