Why volunteer at Acorns?

A volunteer at Acorns Bubble Rush high-fives a participant
Charity shop volunteer Elisha puts toys out on the shelves
A volunteer in an Acorns hospice garden smiles at the camera

By volunteering at Acorns, you are joining at team of invaluable volunteers who support the vital work that we do at Acorns Children’s Hospice; making a difference to children with life limiting or life threatening conditions, and their families.

Whether giving the gift of time at our hospices, working in one of our shops, or fundraising for us at events or in the local community, we welcome volunteers with a variety of skills and experiences, and we actively encourage and embrace a diverse workforce.

There are currently a range of great volunteering opportunities available at Acorns – whether you can spare an hour or two, help out for a day, or if you can be involved on a more regular basis.

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Develop new skills and experience. Connect with like-minded people and make new friends. Flexible roles to suit you. Community get involved locally.

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If you have any questions or you can’t see a suitable opportunity and would like to register with us, please contact us atvolunteer@acorns.org.uk

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Culture & Values

Everything we do at Acorns is led by our values (Caring, Committed, Trusted, Collaborative, Courageous, Curious). As we live and breathe these values, we are all contributing to the achievement of our vision and mission. They form a key part of our identity and are even used as part of our performance and development reviews. 

We appreciate the vital support that all of our volunteers provide and demonstrate this through our Values Recognition Scheme. This Scheme rewards and highlights those who have gone above and beyond in their role in a way that links to our values. We nominate volunteers so that we can celebrate exceptional actions throughout the year, having monthly and quarterly award winners which then leads to an annual awards celebration ceremony.

We encourage regular feedback and listen to what you have to say. We measure the temperature of each team, discuss the outputs and take action to celebrate the great achievements, as well as addressing the areas that you tell us that we need to improve.

We encourage our people to connect with each other internally through Yammer to keep each other informed of all things going on across Acorns. We also have a very active social media presence which promotes activities across our three hospices, our retail shops, and our central functions.

Optional Career Development

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and transferable skills to develop your career. We have dedicated development opportunities for those wishing to grow their experience and gain further skills. It looks great on your CV and you could even find your next role working for us.

Welcome Day

Each month we have a welcome event dedicated to our new starters, this includes volunteers should you wish to attend. Here we are able to fully immerse you into Acorns and it is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from across the organisation and better understand the cause. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, we also have a digital version coming soon.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Acorns works hard to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are part of our everyday practice. We are welcoming and inclusive to everyone and this is demonstrated through our silver Unicef Award for Diversity.

Wellbeing and Support

As part of Acorns commitment to employee wellbeing, we are an accredited Thrive at Work organisation. This is an initiative led by the West Midlands Combined Authority and managed by us for the continual wellbeing of our people.

We have a team of Mental Health First Aiders to provide support through challenging times.

  • Retail discounts
  • Volunteer recognition scheme
  • On the job training
  • Access to free online courses
  • Skills to boost your CV

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