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Volunteering Vacancies at St Columba’s Hospice

These are our current vacancies for the week commencing Monday, 10th December 2018. Please note that this page is updated regularly.

If you are interested in any of these volunteering vacancies, please call our Volunteer Services Team on 0131 551 7711, or email myoung@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


Hospice ShopsOur shops raise vital funds to improve the lives of local people living with a terminal or life limiting condition. By volunteering in one of our eight shops across Edinburgh and the Lothian’s, you can be at the heart of our fundraising activities and make a real difference to your local community.

We are looking for help with all aspects of running a lively shop; from accepting and sorting donations, to creating stylish & eye catching window displays, to meeting and serving customers.

This is a great chance to meet new people, learn new skills and to be part of something very special.

All our Hospice shops are keen to hear from volunteers who can spare a few hours. You’ll find a list here. We welcome applications from those aged 16 and above in our shops.


Project ECHO (IT/Admin Volunteer Support): St Columba’s Hospice is using Project ECHO (https://youtu.be/Faz3O1clDMU) to support those who deliver palliative care in settings other than the hospice, such as care homes. If you have good admin and IT skills, and experience of Skype/Zoom and video conferencing/gaming, we’d love to hear from you!

We are looking for 3 hours of support a week, usually on a Tuesday and the occasional Thursday.


Iona Café: Preparing, selling drinks and snacks, and selling goods in our in-house café to patients, families, staff and volunteers. You will be working largely unsupervised, so need to be confident and able to pick up on the use of equipment quickly – sandwich toaster, coffee machine, till and credit card machine. The Iona Café is a haven for those visiting the Hospice. We welcome applicants age 18 and above.

  • Monday, 6pm-8:30pm, fortnightly
  • Tuesday, 6pm-8:30pm, fortnightly
  • Friday, 2:30pm-6pm, fortnightly
  • Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm, fortnightly
  • Saturday, 6pm – 8:30pm, monthly
  • Sunday, 11:30am-2:30pm, monthly
  • Standby


Staff Café: preparing and selling (light) cooked breakfasts, lunches and snacks to our staff in our dedicated Staff Dining Room. You will be working largely unsupervised, so need to be confident and able to pick up on the use of equipment quickly – sandwich toaster, till and credit card machine. Working next to our Kitchen Staff, this café operates between the hours of 08:30-11:30am (breakfast) and 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch), Monday to Friday. We welcome applicants age 18 and above.

  • Standby


Ward Volunteers: Supporting the ward staff and offering patients fresh, iced water and also ensuring the patients surroundings are tidy. Applicants must be age 17 or above.

  • Monday morning, fortnightly
  • Tuesday morning, fortnightly
  • Friday morning, fortnightly or monthly
  • Friday evening, fortnightly
  • Saturday morning, monthly
  • Saturday evening, monthly
  • Sunday morning, fortnightly or monthly
  • Sunday afternoon, monthly


Flower TeamProviding fresh flowers to patients in their rooms or preparing and setting up floral displays across the hospice. No experience necessary. As part of our recruitment checks, we carry out a Basic level Police Disclosure Check for this role.

  • Monday afternoon, fortnightly
  • Thursday afternoon, fortnightly
  • Saturday afternoon, fortnightly
  • Sunday afternoon, monthly


Drivers: Assisting patients to and/or from our Day Therapies service and also escorting patients to  hospital appointments and home visits. Times and days vary and we are happy to offer a weekly, fortnightly or monthly opportunities.

We particularly welcome drivers from North, East and SW Edinburgh and East Lothian.

All drivers are subject to a PVG check and mandatory Manual Handling training.


Fundraising – Bucket Collection Volunteers: We are looking for outgoing  friendly people to help us with bucket collections at a variety of locations across Edinburgh and East Lothian. These collections help us to raise both funds and awareness for St Columba’s Hospice. This is a very flexible way to support your local Hospice, you can choose which collections to volunteer at and most collections take place over the weekend.

To find out more, please contact the fundraising team on 0131 551 1381 or by emailing fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk


Fundraising Event Support: We are always looking for people who can help us run our hospice-organised fundraising events. We rely on volunteers to help us deliver fun and exciting events for our supporters to take part in. Events volunteers take on tasks such as registering people as they arrive at an event, marshalling walks or runs, staffing checkpoints and helping with refreshments. If you can spare a few hours now and again, why not get in touch.



Thank you for your interest in volunteering at St Columba’s Hospice.