This page is dedicated to the Highland Hospice Community Volunteer programme established in response to the Coronavirus Crisis. At this time we are not accepting applications for other volunteering roles in the Hospice or our shops. If you would like to note your interest in these for the future please email

Community Volunteer Programme

What is the Highland Hospice Community Volunteer programme?

Highland Hospice has formed a partnership with Highland Home Carers to recruit volunteers to support those currently in receipt of care at home.

As Coronavirus spreads there will be fewer people able to work in the care at home sector and those currently in receipt of a care package may receive a reduced or no service. People who become in need of a care package will have an extended wait without personal care.

Highland Hospice and Highland Home Carers want to allocate each of these people a Community Volunteer who will check-in on a daily basis by phone or in person providing a listening ear to discuss worries and concerns. If required, the volunteer may provide a hand with everyday chores like shopping and collecting prescriptions. This does not involve the delivery of personal care but may, where both parties are willing and it is safe to do so, involve going into the home and helping with cooking and cleaning whilst adhering to current health guidelines. Even if the volunteer would prefer not to enter the property the Hospice can use their support. You can find a full role description here.

Volunteers will be provided with basic training and allocated a small number of people to keep in touch with. On-going support and advice will be provided by Hospice staff. Where it is apparent that the person needs hands-on personal care the volunteer and the Hospice will refer this to Highland Home Carers staff to help prioritise resources.

How much time do I need to offer?

We are hoping you will be able to give us a few hours a week, offered flexibly and regularly across the week, to meet the needs of the vulnerable people we aim to support

Don't worry if you're not sure how much time you have. Just make the application and we can talk about how you can help.

Will I receive training?

Yes. Training is an important aspect of any volunteering role at Highland Hospice.

All Community Volunteers will be required to take part in a 2½-hour training session delivered online using the Zoom video-meeting platform. This has been designed to support you in your role. Technical advice will be provided to help you access Zoom.

How do I apply?

If you are an existing Highland Hospice volunteer please contact the Voluntary Services team to register your interest at

If you are not currently a Highland Hospice volunteer you need to apply online using the link below.

Apply Online

We need to collect the information requested in this form before you can be considered for this volunteering role. Please complete all essential questions. You will be able to start before we collect your references or your PVG check but we will collect this information as well.

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