What is involved in becoming a volunteer!

It’s not the things that can be bought that are life’s richest treasure it’s just the little “hearts gifts” that money cannot measure. A cheerful smile, a friendly word, a sympathetic nod are priceless little treasures from the storehouse of our God. They are the little things that can’t be bought with silver or gold, for thoughtfulness and kindness and love are never sold. They are the priceless things of life for which no-one can pay and the giver finds rich recompense in giving them away.
— HELEN STEINER RICE
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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.
• Being a good listener.

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
• motivation
• discretion
• reliability
• flexibility
• punctuality
• warmth/empathy/understanding
• an ability to accept others
• a sense of humour
• be neat/tidy and conscious of personal hygiene

Qualifications?

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?

TIME COMMITMENT

• Volunteers must be reliable and punctual.
• Volunteers are asked to notify the Co-ordinator if they are going to be absent eg. sickness, holidays or family commitments.
• Volunteers are asked to make available 2-4 hours per fortnight, as suitable to the individual, for a period of at least 12 months.

Training?

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 6440 7110, or mobile 0418 127 590.

Want to become a volunteer?

Download the Volunteer Signup Form here!

 
 

(*If you consider your experience with this service has been unfair or unsatisfactory, you are invited to contact our office.)