Volunteers play a vital role in our society, in a myriad of ways and in all types of settings. The children's palliative care sector, like many others, benefits from the time freely given by thousands of volunteers each week, and could not achieve all that it does without them. These volunteers complement the work of paid professionals, and are able to increase significantly the scope and reach of the work that these essential services are able to offer.

It is estimated that there are approximately 125,000 volunteers involved in children's palliative care, with an economic value in excess of £112 million.  A number of services have indicated that without the contribution of their volunteers their organisations would have to close.

As well as occasionally working with volunteers in our own office, Together for Short Lives is proud to be working with partnerships across the country, developing the use of volunteers supporting families with a child with a life shortening condition. A volunteer with one of our partner organisations (Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice) told us.

I have been lucky enough to be matched with a Noah’s Ark family as a Home Support Volunteer – helping a sibling with homework. I go for one hour every Saturday afternoon and listen to the sibling read, help with spelling, and we have fun doing all sorts of topic work the school has set – we particularly enjoyed counting all the different bugs in the garden – I'm pleased to be able to help the family in this very small way; I find it hugely rewarding and brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon!"

If you want to get involved and offer some of your time as a volunteer then please explore the links below, or get in contact with us at volunteer@togetherforshortlives.org.uk