What is a palliative care volunteer?
Care Volunteers offer help and support for people with a life
limiting illness and their families and carers.
There are different roles available to you if you want to become
a volunteer. These can be support to patients and families in
their homes or in the hospital, providing information and advice
according to your specific skills, administrative support, health
promotion in the community or fundraising.
Most palliative care volunteers work directly with patients and
their carers. Some of the things volunteers do may be:
- being with someone while their carer goes out
- providing companionship
- taking someone for a drive or to an appointment
- writing letters
- minding children
- writing someone’s life story
- singing, answering the phone, making bereavement phone calls,
helping organise a memorial service, providing beauty treatments,
gentle massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and much more.
"Client care volunteers are men and women of all
ages and backgrounds who have great respect for people with all their
differences, and life with all its difficulties."
Peninsula Hospice Service:
Client Care Volunteer Support Brochure
How do I become a
palliative care volunteer?
Please contact your
local palliative care service below for information. Or find
a local service at the PCV
Generally volunteers are provided with ongoing
comprehensive educational programs and training to develop and maintain
and peer support through regular group meetings.
is governed by Volunteer Management Standards - developed
by Volunteering Victoria and adopted by the Australian Council for
Volunteering - and
Standards for Palliative Care Service Provision.
Service provider volunteer training resources
Volunteer training resources are available to support service providers.
The resources contain information on how to facilitate professional
development activities, and nine training modules each containing
their own core competencies and sample sessions plans. Each session
is accompanied by supporting PowerPoints, facilitator information,
participant handouts, suggestions of the equipment required for delivery
and relevant references.
Further information for volunteers
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||Volunteer Support Workers
Palliative Care Victoria has all the facts about being
a volunteer such as:
- Who can become a palliative care worker?
- How much time will I have to commit?
- What training and preparation is required?
- How do I become a palliative care volunteer?
- Where can I volunteer?
Palliative Care Victoria has information about
a volunteer support worker such as:
do they do?
can they help?
nearest local palliative care service to learn more about their
||Our Calendar of Events lists
training opportunities in the local area.