What is involved in becoming a volunteer!
As a volunteer you make a commitment to people who are relying on you being there. Volunteering is not of a lesser importance than paid work – it is extremely important to those we spend time with, and a cancellation for a "better" offer is not what the act of volunteering is all about.
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What do volunteers do?
Hospice Care volunteers provide a home based support service.
While skilled professional staff care for terminally ill patients, Hospice volunteers provide support and companionship to both clients and their families by;
• Staying with a client while the carer and family members have time away.
• Being with a client one to one.
• Sitting with clients as requested, either day, evening, night weekends, at home or in care.
• Providing transport for clients to and from appointments.
• Being with dying clients during their last hours.
What is Hospice looking for in its volunteers?
Volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and need to have some of the following qualities;
• emotional maturity
• an ability to accept others
• a sense of humour
• be neat/tidy and conscious of personal hygiene
• ability to listen and to value silence
• ability to keep client information private and confidential
ESSENTIAL - The capacity to work as part of a team with people who have a life limiting illness and their families.
DESIRABLE - Current Driver's Licence and own transport.
What does Hospice expect from its volunteers?
• Volunteers must be reliable and punctual.
• Volunteers are asked to notify the Manager if they are going to be absent eg. sickness, holidays or family commitments.
• The ability to report appropriate concerns or issues to the Manager.
• Volunteers are asked to make available 2-4 hours per fortnight, as suitable to the individual, for a period of at least 12 months.
Volunteers must be prepared to participate in and complete the initial volunteer training programme.
How do I contact Hospice volunteers?
You can telephone us on 03 6477 7747, or mobile 0418 127 590.
Want to become a volunteer?
(*If you consider your experience with this service has been unfair or unsatisfactory, you are invited to contact our office.)