Volunteer at St Luke’s Combined Hospices

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At St Luke’s Combined Hospice volunteers form an integral part of our services.

We have roles to suit everyone whatever their skills or interests, including:

  • Accompanying patients to and from the day hospice in the transport
  • Becoming a spiritual counsellor
  • Helping us at events
  • Supporting our fundraising department
  • Working in one of our shops
  • Arranging flowers
  • Providing admin support
  • Delivering complementary therapies
  • Working in bereavement support

Some people bring special skills which we can also put to good use, such as offering manicures to patients, using their professional skills as a doctor, nurse or therapist, taking photographs at events, cutting hair or playing music to patients.

How can you become a volunteer?

The first step would be to call our volunteer department on 021 797 5335 or email volunteers@stlukes.co.za, and someone will respond and take you through the process.

All volunteers will need to attend one of our orientation mornings, which take place four times a year (usually in February, May, August and October) to give you some background to St Luke’s Combined Hospices and what roles are available.

Should you have a particular interest in working with our patients, you will also need to attend a Basic Hospice course, which is run over 8 mornings twice a year (usually in March and August). This course covers in greater depth what palliative care is, the role of the volunteer in the context of palliative care and basic counselling skills.

If you would like to work in our bereavement service, there is an additional course which will equip you with the skills to support the bereaved.

Please note: We take patient safety very seriously and for that reason, we require all volunteers who work with our patients to undertake a police clearance.


  1. How old do I have to be to become a volunteer at St Luke’s Combined Hospices?
    All our volunteers who work with patients need to be 18 years old or over but we do have some volunteers who are younger than 18 helping from time to time in our fundraising department.
  2. I have sent an email and have not yet heard back. What should I do?
    The staff working in our volunteer department are very busy and may take longer than they would like to respond. Should you not hear back from us after a week following your inquiry, please do contact us again.
  3. How much time do I need to volunteer?
    Time commitment will vary depending on the role. Some volunteers help us at an occasional event, while others commit to a weekly four-hour shift.
  4. Do I have to pay for the training?
    Some of the volunteer training such as the Bereavement and the Basic Hospice Course do have a cost while others such as the orientation are free.

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