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When you volunteer with Palliative Care ACT you make a wonderful contribution to the life of those with a terminal illness. You also get a great sense of satisfaction and the knowledge that you have made a difference to the life of someone in need.

Volunteers are the ‘Do’ers and the Be’ers’, they provide support in the following settings:

  • Client’s homes – providing companionship, social support, hand/foot massage or transport. Volunteer support allows carers to have much needed ‘timeout’ as their loved one is in good hands.
  • Clare Holland House (ACT Hospice) – providing companionship, reading, transport, meal assistance and hand/foot massage.
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) – emotional and social support, reading, hand /foot massage.
  • The Canberra Hospital – companionship and ‘being there’ with patients in their final days.
  • Life Stories – documenting clients’ stories.
  • Admin, events, and fundraising – volunteer involvement in these activities resources PC ACT’s palliative programs.

Volunteers visits to clients living at home, in residential aged care facilities, and for life story writing is one-on-one support. The time and duration of each visit depends on the client’s assessed needs. Clare Holland House volunteers complete four-hour shifts. There are usually two volunteers on each shift.

Information on each volunteering opportunity can be found here.

Listen to volunteers talk about their roles with Palliative Care ACT

Desirable attributes for Palliative Volunteers

  • Awareness of own feelings, values, and beliefs in relation to personal grief and death
  • A desire to work with dying people, their families, and carers
  • Respect for, and ability to accept other people’s philosophies, beliefs, and rights
  • Emotional maturity
  • Ability to listen and to be comfortable with silence
  • Capacity to accept the expression of strong emotion
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality and professional boundaries
  • Flexibility and capacity to work as part of a team
  • Prepared to share volunteering experiences with team members, and participate in continuing education
  • Able to commit to palliative care ACT volunteering for a minimum of four hours a week for at least 12 months
  • Warmth, patience, empathy, discretion and a sense of humour.

For information about our volunteer training courses, click here.

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

  • If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please complete the form below. PC ACT will then forward you further information on volunteering.
  • A pre-training interview is arranged with prospective volunteer.
  • After interview, applicants are invited to attend a training course.
  • Once graduated, new volunteers work on ‘buddy shifts’ and are supported by our Coordinators of Volunteer Programs and/or experienced volunteers commence.

If you would like further information on volunteering with Palliative Care ACT please contact our General Manager, Julie Elliott on 02 6255 5771 or email office@pallcareact.org.au.

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