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About Volunteering

Volunteering benefits both the community and the volunteer. It promotes equality and human rights; respecting the dignity, rights and culture of others, and is undertaken and freely chosen by a person without coercion. Volunteer work is unpaid, and does not seek to replace paid workers.

Volunteers in Palliative Care

Volunteers in palliative care can offer friendship and practical support that improves the quality of life of people living with a life limiting illness and their families. Volunteers are considered important members of the palliative care team.

There are varied roles available within palliative care for volunteers. The majority of palliative care volunteers work in the home or inpatient palliative care setting. They can offer a wide range of services: being with someone while their carer goes out, shopping, providing companionship, taking someone for a drive or to an appointment, writing letters, minding children, writing someone’s life story, singing, answering the phone, making bereavement phone calls, helping organise a memorial service, helping with life enhancement projects, providing beauty treatments, gentle massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and other suitable complementary therapies, or from a service perspective, administrative support and assistance with fundraising.

How to become a palliative care volunteer

Each palliative care service recruits, trains and manages their own group of volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer, you should contact the palliative care service in the area where you will be volunteering. ( link here to Gippsland services, or PCVs ‘find a service’ function.

You can contact your local palliative care service to express interest or seek more information. Once you have selected and contacted the organisation of your choice, you will probably be invited to attend an interview. Organisations conduct interviews so people can find out more about the volunteer job and the organisation can find the right volunteer for the job.

Useful Resources

The Two of Us – Stories of people with a life limiting illness and palliative care volunteers

To celebrate National Volunteer Week and National Palliative Care Week in May 2015, Palliative Care Victoria decided to ‘go behind the scenes’ and invite pairs of palliative care volunteers and the people they support to tell us about their relationships. The Two of Us encaptures eight inspiring stories illustrating how these are mutually valued and enriching relationships.

Click here to view The Two of Us.

Volunteer guide

Volunteer Guide was developed by Volunteering Victoria as a why and how you can volunteer, and your rights and responsibilities.  In this guide, you will find ideas about how to look for a volunteer role that suits you. It will help you work out how to start and sort through the many options available.

Click here to vie the Volunteer Guide


Useful websites

Websites are an excellent resource for information on volunteering facts and figures, policies and procedures, best practice, skills and training, research and publications. Listed below is a variety of useful websites for volunteers.

Palliative Care Victoria

Palliative Care Victoria Inc (PCV) is the peak body representing palliative care providers, consumers and their families and those with an interest in palliative care in Victoria. Copies of the 2012 Palliative Care Volunteering Training Resource Kit can be ordered and purchased through the site. Health Services that are members of PCV would have received a free copy of the Kit when it was released in 2012.

Click here to be directed to the PCV Volunteers webpage.

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia is the peak national body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community.

Click here to be directed to the Volunteering Australia website.

Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria is the peak body for the volunteering sector, including organisations that employ volunteers and their volunteer managers, individuals who work as volunteers in Victoria.

Click here to be directed to the Volunteering Victoria website.

Disclaimer: GRPCC provides these links for information purpose only and is not responsible for the content of these websites. If you notice any of the links are broken, or would like to suggest additional information resources to be added, please contact us.