We have thousands of volunteers - and we always need more!

Cruse is the UK’s largest bereavement charity. In 2017-18 we helped over half a million people but we can only do this with the help of just under 5,000 volunteers covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We always need more volunteers to meet the constant demand for our services. None of what Cruse achieves would be possible without the passion, dedication and skills of our volunteers.

Read some stories from volunteers and those they have helped.

How to volunteer

If you are interesested in volunteering for Cruse in any role, the best way is to contact your local Area. Find your area.

If you would like to become a bereavement volunteer working directly with bereaved pepole, you will need to complete our ABC training course. Upcoming courses are listed on the regional training page.

If you are interested in volunteering on our national helpline, visit the helpline page.

We also offer subsidised (free) training for those wishing to set up their own peer support group in select locations. Please visit More than Words for additional information and to register!

We also advertise specific volunteer vacancies.

You can also complete our  online expression of interest form  and this allows you to:

  • register interest in becoming a central office, telephone or email support volunteer
  • register interest in becoming an Area or Branch volunteer (please note it will take a bit of time for the forms to be sorted and sent out to Areas, and the quicker option is always to contact your Area direct).

Alternatively, you can download and complete the application form below.


Join us raising funds by taking part in challenges and events, getting involved in your local area, or becoming a partner organisation.

Speak out

Help us campaign on issues which affect bereaved people, or share your story to raise awareness of the work we do.


Join us as a Cruse volunteer and you will be part of team of nearly 5,000 people working together so that people have somewhere to turn when someone dies.