Aquila – Skanda Vale Hospice volunteer manager on the beach.

Hi, my name is Aquila and I’m the volunteer coordinator at Skanda Vale Hospice. If you’re looking for some seriously life enhancing experiences then you’ve come to the right place!

Hand on heart, we believe we have some of the most rewarding and inspiring voluntary jobs around. So what makes our volunteering opportunities so special? Here’s a few reasons…

Our hospice has been designed & run by volunteers

In some hospices, volunteers are a bit of an add on – there to support the paid staff. Here it’s different; our hospice is actually run by full time professional volunteers; unpaid monks and nuns from Skanda Vale Monastery. Everyone is here because they want to be here and that helps create a special atmosphere.

We make sure our volunteers feel valued and listened to, offering appropriate guidance, support and training. We’ll cover your expenses, local travel costs and can help with child care. For certain roles we can also arrange accredited training. Have a look at some of these options and let us know what you think:

  • Nursing
  • Clinicians
  • Driving
  • Retail
  • Creative therapies
  • Catering
  • Complementary therapy
  • Caring & bereavement care
  • Gardening & maintenance
  • Reception & admin

Volunteer doctors, nurses & healthcare assistants

We have a bank of 40+ clinicians (doctors, consultants, nurses, carers etc) who dedicate their spare time to serving in the hospice. We can offer healthcare professionals a high standard of free accommodation and lodging. Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer as a healthcare professional.

“Here it’s a bit like heaven on earth. It’s renewed my faith in human nature. It really has. I mean, I was getting to be very sceptical about the human race, but I’ve discovered here a vein of humanity that is very, very special.”

Peter Butler, Patient

“The nurses who are coming to work here find it much more satisfying than the hugely understaffed, overworked situations that they’ve come from. They find that they are much more able to give of their care, their time and their dedication here.”

Dr Damitha RatnasingheDr Damitha Ratnasinghe, Volunteer

“People tell us all sorts of nonsense, you know – that we’re angels – which we’re not at all. But people are overwhelmed by the love that somehow just flows so easily here.”

Nicki GilbertNicky Gilbert, Volunteer


We’re looking for volunteer therapists. Ideally, you’ll have experience in massage and/or reflexology and are able to help on a Tuesday or Friday.

This is where we offer complementary therapies like massage, reflexology and aromatherapy.

If you’d like to join our team, please get in touch.

Enquire about volunteering

Call us on 01559 371222 or drop us a line using this form:

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