Volunteer

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

Speakers

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 Co-ordinator. You can call her on 01628 822777 or get in touch by email and find out about how to apply to be a volunteer for Alexander Devine and also be kept up to date on all our upcoming opportunities.

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 Co-ordinator, 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 Co-ordinator, Debbie Tonkinson

Step two

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

Step three

Initial interview with Volunteer Co-ordinator 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.

Alexander Devine on Facebook

We wanted to pay tribute to a very special young man who has been part of our Alexander Devine family for the past six years. A few weeks ago we had our final home visit with him before he transitions to an adult hospice.

This extraordinary young man has has brought so much joy, laughter and love to us all Alexander Devine. Amongst many things, we will miss his cheeky sense of humour and love of singing!

Here's to you Tomi, our superhero!
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Thank you so much to Naomi from Wild Heart Yoga for helping to raise money for us. Naomi is streaming live yoga sessions for free and asking students to make a donation to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. Head to her page for details of all her classes.First live stream class done! That was really scary for me but so glad I did it. Was wonderful to see all my lovely students, Miss you all so much! Shoved everything out of the way, had a big roll of carpet in front of me, a step ladder, paint and my dog moaning but it was lovely all the same 😂
I’ll be teaching more classes next week - details to follow. Classes will free but I’m asking people to donate money to charities. My suggested is @alexanderdevinehospice but the choice is yours.
Let’s use this as a chance to give something back! Much love ♥️💫🤪🙌🏻 #yogaonline #zoom #wildheartyoga #charityyoga #stayhome #yoga #spreadlove

Ps. Message me to book onto classes
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On this day 13 years ago, Fiona Devine established Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service after her son Alexander tragically passed away.

Today Fiona has published an Open Letter in response to the Covid-19 crisis, urging our supporters and local community to help us. You can read the letter in full here.

alexanderdevine.org/2020/03/open-letter-from-our-ceo-fiona-devine/

To each and every one of you, please give what you can to help us maintain our much-needed and valued service. We need your help now more than ever.
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Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is the operating name of Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 5757493

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