How to become a Volunteer

Our volunteers are interviewed, screened and trained in order to provide the best quality care to our residents and families. They are a part of the multidisciplinary care team involved in the resident’s care.

Anyone can volunteer – but palliative care is not for everyone!

Palliative Care volunteers are generally over the age of 18. In this work, life experiences and life skills are enormously beneficial. However, there are no formal qualifications or previous experience necessary – only the desire to be of service to palliative care patients and their families/carers and the willingness to learn from those they serve.

Volunteers need to be patient, flexible, non judgmental, understanding and accepting of other people’s beliefs and values. They need to be able to work within a team, and provide support & encouragement to their peers. They also need to understand and accept the philosophy of palliative care. Perhaps one of the most important criteria is that volunteers should be happy to BE with people and not feel they have to fix things. It’s about ‘presence’.

One of the best ways to get involved is to attend a volunteer information session

To express your interest in becoming a hospice volunteer, please click here.