Shooting Star Children's Hospices (Guildford)


Gardening Assistant, Christopher's Guildford

Shooting Star Chase, your local children's hospice, supporting families and children in Surrey and London with a child or teenager with a life limiting conditions, is urgently seeking volunteer gardeners to assist the maintenance team with keeping the hospice gardens at Christopher's, our hospice just outside Guildford, watered, weeded and neat and tidy.

  • Tasks will vary according to the season, but include weeding, planting, deadheading and pruning.    
  • Tending flower tubs and flower beds
  • Keeping car park beds weeded, watered and tidied.

Essential skills and experience:

  • A knowledge of gardening, plants and horticulture is an advantage.
  • Basic gardening skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Initiative and common sense

Gardening volunteers would need to be available for half a day a week am or pm Monday to Friday.  Currently there are no weekend gardening vacancies.

The hospice is next door to the Artington Park and Ride in Guildford and is therefore accessible by bus and there is ample free parking outside the hospice.

Please note all volunteer roles at our hospices require us to carry out a DBS check, this is a simple online procedure.

If you are interested please complete the short online application form and we will get in touch.

Mission Statement

Shooting Star Children's Hospices is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes short breaks at our two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford), Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.

It costs £10 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 10% of our income coming from government funding, we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.

We have volunteer opportunities at our hospices and at our shops.   Volunteers roles are very varied and include working in reception, kitchens, housekeeping, gardening, pool watching, admin, fundraising, shops and at our events.