Become A Volunteer

Community Volunteer

For those looking to help Macmillan Caring Locally with events, challenges and more.

Becoming a community volunteer is a wonderful way to make a positive impact and help those in need.

If you would like further information about joining our fundraising family, please contact .

Please note, these roles are not patient facing. For more on becoming a volunteer at The Macmillan Unit, see ‘Ward Volunteers’


Roles Available:

  • Events/Stalls Representative
  • Collection Box Serving
  • Cheque Presentation Representative
  • Bucket Collections
  • Talk Presentations
  • Cakes or Crafts
  • Counting
  • Logistics
  • Online Selling

Ward Volunteer

For those wanting to volunteer on the ward and where possible have direct interaction with patients and staff.

Volunteers play a vital role at the Macmillan Unit and in the community, supporting our team to provide the best possible care for our patients and their families. We have numerous volunteer roles which include ‘patient contact’ and ‘no patient contact’.

We have 160 volunteers in a variety of different roles, both on and off the hospice site and whilst our existing vacancies are limited we pride ourselves in matching each volunteer to the right role for them and us, whilst meeting the needs of our patients.

We are an extremely happy team and enjoy working and socialising together. “What are we looking for when we receive an application?” A volunteer who is kind, flexible, compassionate and committed. Our staff rely on the support from their volunteer colleagues and therefore reliability is of paramount importance. The individual skills and interests each volunteer brings to the unit is valued and often fully utilised.

If you would like more information about volunteering at the Macmillan Unit please contact us to arrange an informal chat and a tour of our facilities. Volunteer Coordinator tel: 0300 019 5353 email:

“I volunteer at the Macmillan Unit because I want to be here. Working with a super team and seeing patients take pleasure from the garden is a privilege”.

Margaret, Gardener.

“What I love about volunteering over the past 4 years has been meeting the most interesting and amazing people, both patients and carers. It really is a pleasure to be part of the Macmillan volunteering team”. Jean, Day Centre Volunteer.

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy


Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900


Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110


Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666


East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447



Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000


Poole Central

Equipment – Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life :

Brief Drugs List for GPs



Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]


Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)


Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off