Help at Home volunteer

Caring for a seriously ill child or young person can put extra demands on a family. The aim of this service is to offer these families practical support in their own homes.

Key Activities

This role does not include nursing care tasks such as personal care, feeding or giving medication. These tasks must not be undertaken by a volunteer.

You can let us know what household/practical tasks you would rather help with and we will match you with a family who has asked for that kind of help. Tasks could include:

-        Cleaning/hoovering/dusting

-        Laundry/ironing

-        Cooking/food preparation

-        Gardening/mowing the lawn

-        Painting/decorating/odd jobs

-        Helping with homework/playing with siblings

-        Walking the dog etc.

-        Having a cup of tea and a chat/being a listening ear

What will you get out of it?

You will make a difference to a family who need an extra helping hand in the home. You will also meet new people, receive all the training you need, and have regular catch ups with your Volunteer coordinator/manager. This role is ideal for anyone with any time to give (midweek, evenings, weekends… anytime!) and for those thinking of a career in care giving.

We will reimburse any travel expenses to and from your chosen hospice base and to and from the family home.

Supervision: You will be invited to attend a number of group supervisions each year designed to support you and allow you to meet other volunteers.

Location: Training and supervision will take place at your chosen local EACH hospice. Family homes are all over Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex so we will try to match you with a family near to your home. 


  • You need to be over 18 for this particular role (although there are other opportunities at EACH if you are under 18)
  • This role is perfect for practical, friendly and caring people who are looking to make a real difference
  • We ask that you are non-judgmental and willing to get stuck into jobs in the family home
  • We ask that you try to commit for 6 months once you are matched with a family but we understand that circumstances change
  • Being reliable and flexible is important for families
  • We would like you to be able to have good communication with the family and with your Volunteer Coordinator/Manager 


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/02/2020

End Date: 20/02/2021

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Availability Details

Time commitment: We are very flexible about the times you can visit a family and just ask that you let us know your availability so that we can match that with a family. You will be invited to two days of training to prepare you for the role once the DBS check has been completed.


This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Harlow, Uttlesford

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