Volunteer Role: Facilities volunteer

Volunteer Supervisor: Facilities Assistant

Location: Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

Days/Times: Flexible weekday between the hours of 9am to 5pm – volunteering on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis to suit your availability.

About this role:

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to assist our Facilities and Estates Team. We are looking for a hard-working, self-motivated person with knowledge of health and safety principles and experience of caretaking or practical & hands on maintenance and with clean UK driving license. This role will contribute to the successful running of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Key tasks:

  • Assist the team with site maintenance (upon completion of required training), to include reactive repairs, planned preventative maintenance, porterage, and project work.
  • Assist the team with grounds maintenance & repairs, to include litter picking, path clearing (snow / leaves etc) garden building & furniture repairs, maintenance of garden tools & equipment.

What we are looking for:

Volunteers who:

  • Have a few hours to spare each week to help
  • Are physically fit and healthy to fulfil the manual activities involved
  • Have knowledge of health & safety legislation
  • Are maintenance or building trade trained or holds relevant qualification(s) in any building trade discipline or equivalent experience / knowledge
  • Have experience of PPM’s, statutory maintenance, or reactive repairs
  • Are able to work independently and be a team player
  • Are friendly, respectful and have good communication skills
  • Understand the sensitive and confidential work which is carried out at the hospice

What we offer in return

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills.
  • The chance to be in a voluntary role helping to provide a special environment for the families that access our care.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of an enthusiastic team.
  • Induction training to help you learn more about Bluebell Wood.
  • Training provided in order to carry out your role, including online training.
  • We’ll cover your travel expenses (in line with our policy).
  • We’ll provide you with free refreshments and a free meal if you volunteer across lunchtime.

Dress code:

  • Bluebell Wood branded polo shirt (provided)
  • Bluebell Wood branded fleece (provided)
  • Gloves (provided) (summer and winter for volunteering outside)
  • Hat (summer and winter for volunteering outside)
  • External waterproof coat
  • Full length trousers (for protection to legs)
  • Safety boots or safety trainers (to be provided if unable to obtain these yourself) 
  • Safety boots/trainers to comply with British Standards (Code: EN ISO 20345:2011)


Bluebell Wood volunteers are asked to:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Attend induction and any routine training.
  • To complete e-learning training around areas relevant to your role.
  • Abide by Bluebell Wood policies and guidance, including our Health & Safety policy.
  • Co-operate and liaise with colleagues.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times.
  • Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet whilst volunteering in this role.
  • Act as an Ambassador for the Bluebell Wood Charity.

Additional Information

  • Bluebell Wood is committed to safe volunteer recruitment practices. A standard level Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) check is required for this role. These are free for volunteers.
  • Please be aware that if you do not have your own transport, or live locally, the hospice is very difficult to get to by public transport. If in doubt, please check public transport routes to see if it is feasible for you to volunteer here. We are over one mile from the nearest bus stop.

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