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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Volunteering Newsflash
You should have received the first edition of Volunteering Newsflash. We will publish 10 monthly editions each year excluding the end and start of the year. It will include stories, information, successes and resources about palliative care volunteering in Victoria and elsewhere – short contributions will be welcome. If you missed out on a copy and wish to subscribe, please email info@pallcarevic.asn.au.

The Volunteering Newsflash sent on Wednesday also included a link to access our report on the Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers Survey.

Masterclass: Volunteer Management Webinars
ProBono Australia have packaged up three of their most popular webinars along with other useful resources including the Volunteer ROI Calculator created by Tobi Johnson & Associates.
• Making the case for volunteer involvement
– Tobi Johnson
• Negotiating relationships with and among volunteers
– Susan Ellis
• International trends in volunteering
– Peter Devereux & Tobi Johnson
Purchase individual webinars $40 or the package $100
Further information available here

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