Book Support Volunteer

St Luke's Hospice

Name: Book Support Volunteer
Organisation: St Luke's Hospice
Location: St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Unit C / E Huxley Close, Newnham Industrial Estate, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4JN
Type: Part Time
There are no specific time limits or requirements for volunteering in this role and can be flexible to your availability. As a recommendation, we would say half a day as a minimum (4h) per session.


Volunteers are a valued and vital part of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. This is a great opportunity for an individual with interest in and knowledge of books and full training is available for this role.

You will volunteer with our Distribution Centre team, supporting and assisting with book donations received to help raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Retail sales are an integral part of our fundraising and without the support of volunteers this would not be possible.

Your role includes:
• Supporting the Distribution Centre team with book donations received from the public at the Distribution Centre and the retail outlets
• Separating and researching books to establish the value of the books for sale at our retail shops or online via eBay and Amazon
• Identifying goods that can be recycled if not suitable for sale.

What St Luke’s asks from volunteers

• To perform tasks with reliability, flexibility and commitment
• To work towards St Luke’s aims, objectives and core values
• To attend training and volunteer meetings when required, where possible
• To accept support and supervision to enable performance of tasks
• To communicate with your supervisor if you are unable to attend
• To respect and maintain confidentiality at all times
• To use your specialist skills/knowledge to convert donated items into sales/funds.

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Organisation Description

St Luke's provides specialist palliative care for patients with progressive incurable life-limiting illness who have complex symptoms and psychosocial needs requiring the input of a multiprofessional palliative care team. Inpatient care at the hospice may be offered to those who have needs that at the present time require assessment, treatment and monitoring as an inpatient. Care is offered not on the basis of specific diagnosis (e.g. cancer), but on the basis of specialist needs.

The Hospice also provides terminal care, i.e. care for those in the last days of life, when such care cannot be adequately provided in a community setting (home or Nursing Home).


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Cause / Interests

  • Health and Hospital and Hospices

Types of Activity

  • General and Helping
  • Retail and Charity Shops

Skills and Qualifications


You will be given full training on the role.
Knowledge in books will be beneficial but not necessary.

Your Qualities will include:
• Reliability, flexibility, commitment
• A keen eye and interest in books to assist in finding quality goods for re-sale
• An interest in helping to raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
• To have a ‘can do’ attitude and integrity.


Skills and knowledge in books
Working as part of a team as well as independently
Good for gaining confidence and work experience.

What volunteers can expect from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth

• To be valued and treated with respect
• To receive the appropriate induction and training
• To be supported in the role, with a clear explanation of what it involves
• To have adequate supervision in the role
• To have access to information to enable them to perform their tasks
• To be able to decide at any time to end their involvement with St Luke’s
• To have safe working conditions
• To be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses
• To be appropriately covered by insurance
• To develop and grow with the volunteer role
• To be part of a fun and motivated team.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Travel expenses reimbured if requested
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Full induction and training given
Insurance Cover: Full public and liability insurance
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Full training given
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, Information Day, References, Trial Period