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Community Companions

St Barnabas House Community Companions are volunteers who provide social and practical support to patients and their carers.

Due to COVID 19 the majority of our hospice-based volunteering roles are currently suspended. However we are now pleased to be able to reopen our doors for those wishing to apply to volunteer in one of our charity shops. Please read our latest updates here.


There are different elements to our Community Companions service.

Community Companions

Community Companions provide support to St Barnabas patients who may feel isolated or find some tasks more difficult to complete on their own. Support could include a cup of tea and chat, going out for a coffee or helping someone with their shopping. Companions can also provide company for a patient so a carer can take a break for a couple of hours.

Where: In the community/patient’s home

When: Weekdays, usually 2 hours a week plus regular support meetings

Commitment: Weekly

Home from St Barnabas House volunteers

Home from St Barnabas House volunteers support the safe discharge of patients from the In-patient Unit. If appropriate they provide transport home and then offer two visits a week for a period of four weeks. Support could include shopping, re-ordering prescriptions and companionship.

Where: In the community/patient’s home

When: Weekdays, 2 hour visits twice per week plus regular support meetings

Commitment: Weekly


The next training programme will be held over two days on the following dates (subject to available spaces) and is for both Community Companions and Home from St Barnabas House volunteers.

You will need to have sent us an application form and had a meeting with a member of the team before attending the training:

Community Companions Training:

Volunteer Statutory & Mandatory Training:

If you have any questions about Community Companions, or Home from St Barnabas House volunteers please contact 01903 706315 or email volunteers@stbh.org.uk.

What’s it like to be a Community Companion

Mike has been a Community Companion for two years, watch the video below to hear why Mike wanted to volunteer for St Barnabas and what he enjoys about his role:

Apply for a role

To apply for either of the roles above please download the appropriate role specification and application form in the downloads section of this page and return to volunteers@stbh.org.uk. The subject box of your email should include the volunteer opportunity title.

Please also complete and return the Equal Opportunities monitoring form. St Barnabas Hospices is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and volunteering, enabling it to deliver the best possible healthcare and to avoid unlawful discrimination. Completion of any part of this form is voluntary and all information will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by line management responsible for the appointment.