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Volunteers are involved across our hospice in a range of roles – working at the Hospice, in our shops and fundraising in the local community. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to provide all the services our patients and families need.

We rely on and benefit from the support of over 300 volunteers at Ardgowan Hospice and we are hugely grateful to each and every one of them. They show real passion and commitment to making a difference to the people of Inverclyde.

You may be thinking that hospices are sad places to be in. That really couldn’t be further from the truth. It can be a humbling and inspiring experience to volunteer at a hospice, with the opportunity to meet and support people from all walks of life who have many a story to share.

The support volunteers provide in our hospices is vital. Volunteers are involved in a range of areas and roles can include receptionists or gardeners, complementary therapists or retail assistants, catering assistants, drivers or fundraising team support members.

Volunteering not only helps Ardgowan Hospice and the people it treats but it can enhance your life and personal development. It provides an opportunity to meet people and make new friends, you might learn some new skills too.

Have a look at the current volunteering opportunities to see if there’s something you would like to try. The volunteering positions available change all the time so it may be that current opportunities do not suit you for whatever reason but if you have particular skills or a talent that you think would be useful for Ardgowan Hospice we would love to hear from you

Register your interest in volunteering now by completing out short online Volunteer Application Form.

Meet our Volunteers


Amy Brown

Lynne Hunter

Michael McEwan

Sally Gibson


Questions about volunteering

I can’t find a suitable role. Am I still able to help?

If nothing appeals form the list of current vacancies but you feel you have something to offer, then call us for a chat. A member of the HR team will be happy to hear from you – 01475 726830.

My company encourages me to volunteer. Can I help?

There are many ways you can volunteer, either as an individual or as a team. Give us a call and we’ll talk through some options that suit both you and your company. Call a member of the HR team on 01475 726830.

If I was to become a volunteer will I receive any training?

As a volunteer at Ardgowan Hospice you will receive training which will help you understand how we work giving you a broader knowledge of what we do. You will also receive any specific training you require to do your role.

What age do I have to be to volunteer?

You have to be 16 years and over to volunteer. Drivers must be over 21.

How much commitment do I need to give?

Some roles will have specific times or days that we need people for, or special one off projects to be involved in. However we are always happy to hear from potential volunteers with specific skills and experience.

How many people volunteer with Ardgowan Hospice?

We currently have over 300 people volunteering with Ardgowan Hospice. However, we are always looking for new people to join us.

How does the application process work?

For the majority of roles within Ardgowan Hospice you will be required to attend an informal interview, provide details of two referees and in some roles undergo a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. Candidates being considered for roles involving patient access must complete a Criminal Convictions Declaration Form (self-disclosure form).

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering at Ardgowan Hospice can make a real difference to the people of Inverclyde. You can enrich the lives of the people we support by bringing specialist skills and knowledge, new ideas and enthusiasm. It can also make a difference to your life. You have the opportunity to gain new experiences and learn new skills as well as making use of existing skills. Benefits of volunteering include: building your confidence and self-esteem, gain new experiences and learn new skills, be valued and feel a sense of achievement.

Who can volunteer for Ardgowan Hospice?

We look for volunteers from all backgrounds and ethnicities, male and female and all ages over 16 years old. Experience is not always necessary.

In particular we are looking for volunteers with personality and great communication skills, more specific attributes will be shown as part of the opportunity.