Different agencies offer differing opportunities for volunteers. The majority of palliative care volunteers work in the home, day hospice or an inpatient palliative setting. They can offer a wide range of services: being with someone while their carer goes out, providing companionship, taking someone for a drive or to an appointment, biography writing, playing cards, assistance with computer access, reading aloud…. the list can be endless.

Other volunteers may support the palliative organisation through fundraising, administrative support, newsletter production, organisational promotion within the community.

The Two of Us – Stories of people with life limiting illness and palliative care volunteers (2015) – is from Palliative Care Victoria and provides an insight of what being a volunteer can be like.

Interested in becoming a Palliative Care Volunteer?  Please contact your local service for more information.

Type of service Name & Weblink Address Volunteer coordinator
Community Palliative Care Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc. Level 1, 630 Mitcham Rd, Mitcham 3132. Coordinator of Volunteers (03) 1300 130 813
Day Hospice and Inpatient Palliative Care Caritas Christi Hospice Kew 104 Studley Park Rd,
Kew 3101
St Vincent’s Manager of Volunteer Services
email or (03) 9288 2027
Day Respite Centre Fernlea House 149 Emerald-Monbulk Rd, Emerald 3782 Manager of Volunteers (03) 5968 3895
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Education & Training Opportunities

For palliative care volunteers

Volunteers Conference
Presented by Palliative Care Victoria

With a theme of Act, Engage, Apply the Conference is timed to coincide with National Palliative Care Week. Conference organisers expect to be calling for abstracts in January.

When: Wednesday 23 May
Where: Rydges Hotel, Melbourne
For further details relating to the Call for Abstracts and conference program: Check the Palliative Care Victoria website.

Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards
Nominations are open until 5 pm, Monday, 28 May 2018 for these Awards that aim to recognize, celebrate and thank volunteers for their extraordinary and selfless contributions to Victoria’s people, communities, culture and environment. You can find out more here.

Guide for potential volunteers
With National Volunteer Week in the last full week of May it’s a great time for people to explore volunteering opportunities. Volunteering Victoria’s Volunteer Guide provides a starting point outlining why and how to volunteer, as well as rights and responsibilities. The Guide is available to download.

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