Volunteer Gardeners – Bishop Auckland

Location: Butterwick Hospice - Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6JU.

For 40 years, Butterwick Hospice has supported local people and communities across our regions of Teesside and County Durham. We provide holistic care for children and adults living with a life-limiting illness, as well as support for their families and loved ones. We believe in embracing life’s journey with compassion and care and aim to make every day the best it can be for each of our patients and their loved ones.

So, if you have some spare time – why not volunteer to help us and do something amazing?  

Everyone has their own reasons for volunteering, often it is due to having some personal contact or experience with the hospice and a wish to give something back to us , but for others it can be to provide :

  • A sense of achievement and purpose
  • A feeling part of a community
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • A sharing of talents, learning new skills, and creating a better work-life balance
  • Combatting stress, loneliness, social isolation, and depression
  • Meeting new people, which can help you feel more connected and valued
  • Finding your purpose and sense of community

Give it try – join our team – without the support of our wonderful volunteers, we couldn’t provide our services to the local community.

We have several roles available, including:

Volunteer Gardener  

Role summary:  Helping to maintain and develop the grounds/garden of the hospice for the enjoyment of our service users, visitors and staff.

Usual Role Hours / Shift: Flexible hours to suit between 8.30am – 5pm  (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays – Bishop Auckland hospice is only open on these days.) The hours you donate to helping us are up to you – whether it’s for a couple of hours or full day, once or twice a week – we really appreciate any help you can give us. We will provide  P.P.E – gloves, eye, ear protection , you will need your own stout/appropriate footwear and clothing for the task and weather conditions. We will also provide tools, and machinery (lawn mowers etc.)

Main Tasks:

You can help us with with :

  • Maintaining beds  – weeding/planting.
  • Mowing, strimming , hedge-cutting , pruning.
  • General clearing/tidying of site/leaf clearance

We understand that some will be more comfortable than others performing some tasks, such as mowing and  strimming – we won’t ask you to do anything that you are uncomfortable with.


If you want to know more, contact us on 01642 607742 for a chat  or email  [email protected] 

Thank you for your interest.