What our volunteers mean to us 

With a diverse range of skills, interests and hobbies, each and every day our wonderful force of volunteers help to make a huge difference to local children and their families.

We have volunteers supporting our care team, tending to our hospice grounds and also providing office administration. Throughout Berkshire and the surrounding counties, we also have volunteers fundraising for us and organising events.

The dedication, enthusiasm and also gift of their time is invaluable to us. We really couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers!

We are always looking for new volunteers – whatever your experience and however much time you have to give, we would love to hear from you.
Alexander Devine volunteers

Can you help us?

Here are just some of the exciting ways you can get involved in volunteering with us…

Set up a fundraising group

Get together with friends and organise fundraising activities in your local area.

Collection boxes

Dropping off collections boxes to various locations in the community and seeking new ones.

Devine gardening club

Join our lovely group of volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining our beautiful hospice grounds.

Office support

Support us in the hospice with research, fundraising and office administration.

Coffee mornings

Organise and run a coffee morning and bake sale in your local area.

Community events

Helping to run stalls at local shows or pop-up shops or perhaps volun-cheering at challenges events


Help us to share our story with your local schools, community groups or businesses.

Care volunteers

Supporting the Alexander Care Team with activities in the hospice.

You tell us!

Do you have a skill, interest or hobby that you think could help us? Get in touch »

Don’t see anything you fancy?

We have lots more exciting opportunities coming up so please express your interest with Debbie Tonkinson, our Volunteer Development Manager. You can call her on 01628 822777 or get in touch by email.

What our volunteers say

“When you come to the hospice there’s a warmth created by knowing Alexander’s family are still very much involved. We are part of an amazing extended family, all on a journey together.

I often talk about the sense of belonging and pride I feel whenever I wear my blue t-shirt, the buzz and excitement when I go off to an event. It doesn’t matter how much or how little any of us does, as a volunteer you are always welcome and you know you are valued and appreciated. You feel like you count!”

Silvia Little – care, gardening and fundraising volunteer

“I appreciate so much the constant support, friendliness and encouragement I have received from all permanent staff at Alexander Devine. I admire their professional and caring attitude in achieving the excellent service they give to the children and families they work with, which is inspiring to me as a volunteer.”

Anne Phillips – fundraising and event committee volunteer

“After giving up full-time work I decided that I didn’t want to lose the skills I had developed over many years… helping out at the Alexander Devine office, doing a wide range of tasks and also at fundraising events around the area gives me a huge amount of pleasure. I have met lots of lovely people who have an endless amount of enthusiasm.”

Mairi Berryman – fundraising and office support volunteer



“I describe my involvement with the hospice and all the wonderful people there, as my life leveller. A great sense of satisfaction and achievement to help support such an organisation. To help make happy memories, what an invaluable privilege.”

Graham Hough – care and fundraising volunteer

Current volunteering vacancies

Our volunteering opportunities will empower you to use your skills, interests and experience to make a difference to local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. 

Community Fundraising - Group Lead

Maidenhead fundraising Alexander Devine groupAre you looking for a new challenge? We are seeking inspirational, creative and committed people to set up fundraising groups in their community that will organise and run activities to help fund our children’s hospice service.

Get in touch for more information.

Community Speakers

Volunteers under Alexander Devine tentDo you have a love of public speaking? We are looking for enthusiastic and positive individuals with excellent communication skills that can share our story in their community, inspire new supporters and generate new links to our charity.

Get in touch for more information.

Event Volunteers

Throughout the year we are always looking for volunteers to help at our local fundraising events. From our Santa Dash to pop-up shops, county shows to bucket collections, you will be working with like-minded people and helping us engage with the local community.

Get in touch for more information.

How to apply to become a volunteer

We all want to make a difference to others, but it can be hard to know where to start. Whatever your interest, skills, experience and however much time you have to give, we have a dedicated Volunteer Development Manager, Debbie Tonkinson, who can talk you through our process, opportunities and the benefits to volunteering with Alexander Devine. 

Our aim is that our volunteers are recruited in a fair, effective and consistent way.  Although the process can vary depending on the type of volunteering role, our recruitment process is as follows… 

Step one

Express an interest in volunteering with our Volunteer Development Manager

Step two

Complete our application form and send it back to us along with two references*

Step three

Initial interview with Volunteer Development Manager to discuss suitable roles, skills and experience

Step four

All volunteers will be subject to vetting and security checks with appropriate references**

Step five

Successful appointment will be confirmed verbally and in writing

Training and induction programme

We want to ensure all of our volunteers feel welcome and valued, receive sufficient training and have all the relevant tools to perform their volunteering task to the best of their ability. Therefore, all our volunteers will undergo a specially tailored induction programme which will be delivered by the relevant members of staff. Volunteers will also be required to complete mandatory training online.

*Fundraising supporters who help with occasional fundraising tasks are excluded from the need of references.
**An enhanced DBS disclosure may be required depending on the volunteer role.

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Shades on and chilling in our hydrotherapy pool - how super cool is Pippa?! 😎

Happy Friday everyone ☀️

#FridayFeeling #lifeatourhospice
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Our gardening club volunteers took delivery of a very special gift this month - a fantastic John Deere sit on mower, which was very generously donated to us by Farol Ltd.

Matt Vellacott, Managing Director at Farol, told us "we are very pleased and proud to help such a worthy cause.”

The new mower was delivered by Farol Twyford's Manager, Barry Sharp. He kindly spent the morning with our volunteers giving them a tutorial on looking after it and showing them how to use it.

Children and families love using the outside space at our beautiful hospice and the new mower will make it so much easier to maintain our grounds for them to enjoy.

Thank you Matt, Barry and all at Farol for your wonderful and generous donation, it really will make a world of difference.
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Well done to these Spartan heroes! 💪

We are so proud of the team from OpenText office in Reading who took on the mighty Spartan Obstacle Race in Henley earlier this month.

For those unfamiliar with Spartan races, they are obstacle courses that test speed, strength and endurance. The OpenText team had to conquer 20 off-road obstacles, including climbing walls, crawling under wire, traversing monkey bars, spear throws and of course lots of mud!

An amazing challenge and they managed to raise over £725! 👏
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