As a charitable organisation we are always looking for volunteers and we are lucky to have an army of them who assist our dedicated staff in providing our extensive activity programme. Our volunteers offer their expertise, skills, talents and companionship to brighten and help enrich the lives of our residents. Residents look forward to their visits and hearing their news and gain much from the friendship they provide. All our volunteers receive training to ensure that residents receive the greatest benefit from their contribution.

Volunteer for us

What does it involve?

Some examples of volunteer tasks include:

  • Reading with and to our residents.
  • Helping with various activities such as flower arranging, bingo calling or art classes. For more information on the activities we provide please click here.
  • Assisting with resident outings, for example by being a volunteer bus driver. For more information about resident outings please click here.
  • Singing with/to or playing an instrument to our residents.
  • Sitting and chatting with residents in reception.

If you have a special skill or talent or any other ideas of how you can help enrich the lives of our residents through volunteering please do not hesitate to contact us. (Contact details can be found below).

Volunteering at Donisthorpe Hall

Why volunteer?

Volunteering at Donisthorpe Hall is a way in which you can help your local community, brighten our resident’s days, and meet people who are of a different generation to yourself. Many of our volunteers appreciate and enjoy the experience as much as the residents do.

How to become a volunteer

If you are a caring and patient person with good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team then we would love to hear from you.

To get involved please download the form below to apply:


Once complete please send the form to: Recruitment@donisthorpehall.org

Once we have received your application form we will contact your referees and invite you to come in and complete a DBS form. Once the DBS check is received we will then arrange for you to attend a training session where we provide you with the necessary information for you to volunteer at Donisthorpe. You will then be a fully-fledged volunteer and be able to commence your volunteering experience with us!

Our volunteers…

An interview with three of our volunteers

Volunteer Mini Bus Driver

Stephen Brown

What is your volunteering role at Donisthorpe Hall?

I am a minibus driver. I am responsible for taking the residents on trips once a fortnight, and helping them get on and off the bus.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer at Donisthorpe Hall?

I enjoy spending time with the residents and feel I get as much out of it as they do. I get to know all of them and it’s nice to help people.

How would you describe Donisthorpe Hall?

It’s one of the best care home around. The facilities are fantastic and every one of the residents tell me how lovely it is here and how lovely the staff are. I am certainly proud to be associated with Donisthorpe.

Gloria Stone

How long have you been a volunteer at Donisthorpe Hall?

About 15 years.

What is your volunteering role?

I help out with the art class.

Why did you get involved with Donisthorpe Hall?

My mother was a resident here years ago and I felt I wanted to give something back. I love the people here and enjoy helping them and making them smile.

Art Class Volunteer
Elayne Peter Volunteer

Elayne Peter

How long have you been a volunteer at Donisthorpe Hall?

About 32 years. I was originally involved with the art class but now I organise the weekly concerts on Wednesday afternoons.

Why did you get involved with Donisthorpe?

My grandfather was one of the first residents at Donisthorpe Hall when it was a small home on Cowper Street. I remember Donisthorpe from the very beginning and have watched it grow. My father inspired me to do charity work as it was something he was always involved in.