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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

St Barnabas House is a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider which means we can offer you the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and help your local community as part of the volunteer section of your award.


Volunteering as part of your DofE

St Barnabas House provides specialist palliative care both within the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ homes, treating adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Our hospice volunteers are absolutely vital to the running of St Barnabas House. We certainly could not operate without the generous gift of their time and experience.

As a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider we can place you in a voluntary role, giving you the chance to make a difference to people’s lives, help your local community and support your local hospice, all whilst assisting you to complete your volunteer section of the award.

Charity Shop Volunteers Aged 15+

Volunteering at a charity shop is very rewarding. You will be part of a team, will learn new skills and find an outlet for your creative flair or your passion for fashion! There are many roles that may suit you: customer service, shop display, sorting and prepping stock, serving at the till, administration, cleaning etc. If you are an avid book-worm or like to dabble in antiques/collectibles, we would love to utilise your skills! And whilst you have fun you are also helping to raise vital funds for a worthwhile cause.

We have charity shops in many locations across West Sussex.

Community Companions Aged 18+

The role of Community Companions is to provide social and practical support to patients and their carers. If you are interested in a career in healthcare, medicine or just like being with people, this could be a fantastic, well supported opportunity for you.

The role could involve:

  • Providing companionship to help relieve isolation or boredom
  • Assist with taking the patient out for practical or social reasons (e.g. visit to the bank, shopping, trip to garden centre)
  • Assist with simple household tasks (e.g. ironing, washing-up)
  • Provide the patient with some company while their carer takes time to do something else, whether this is going out or staying nearby, for either social or practical reasons

Visits will generally be for 2 hours on a weekly basis.

The Benefits

Volunteering for St Barnabas offers you a chance to grow in many different ways including:

  • Self-belief and self-confidence
  • A sense of responsibility
  • The ability to plan and use time
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New friendships
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • Leadership and teamworking skills