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Volunteers

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 an end-of-life volunteer with the 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.

Training

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

If you would like to give your time and energy to make a difference to the lives of a people with a life limiting illness, who wish to die at home, and the people who care for them, we would love to hear from you.


Or you can email an expression of interest to volunteers@wdchospice.org.au

For more information, please contact the Support Coordinator Leeona Van Duynhoven on 5563 3220.

"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.