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Hospice Volunteers

A dedicated team of end-of-life volunteers are the true heart of our Hospice in the Home program. They ease the practical and emotional burdens felt by a person, with a life limiting illness, who wishes to die at home, whilst giving a much needed break to family and carers.

The Role of a Volunteer

The role of Hospice in the Home Volunteer with Warrnambool and District Community Hospice is wide and varied, and a great way to develop new and rewarding relationships in the local community. For the person with a life-limiting illness, Hospice in the Home volunteers may provide company, help them on an outing or give compassionate emotional support.

For carers, our Hospice in the Home volunteers enable precious time with their loved one who is dying or time to have a break. Most importantly this volunteer role is a one designed to support people with a life limiting illness to remain at home and ease the burden on carers.


Volunteers will undergo a training course, as well as ‘hands-on’ instruction relevant to end-of-life care to prepare them for their role as a Hospice in the Home Volunteer. Training will be face-to-face and held in Warrnambool. In addition, there are monthly volunteer meetings to provide training, information updates along with volunteer support. Volunteer intakes generally occur annually.

Become a Volunteer

To learn more about becoming a Hospice in the Home volunteer or register your interest in our next training program, please phone Support Coordinator, Leeona van Duynhoven on 5563 3220 or email  

Prospective volunteers will be asked to submit an application either over the phone, via email or online using the link below. 

"Being a trained volunteer for the Warrnambool and District Community Hospice has been a true privilege. To not only provide support for both the dying and their families, but also a personal journey of empathetic growth and gratitude to be able to give a little back to our community" Lesley Sheen, Hospice in the Home Volunteer.

Sandra Mugavin says most of her work as a volunteer is about being a companion.