Become a Hospice Volunteer
Our Hospice Volunteer Palliative Care Training Program is held annually. Recruitment for new hospice volunteers is ongoing throughout the year.
Hospice Northwest volunteers are compassionate listeners with a caring attitude and the desire to give back to their community. If you feel you have those qualities, please give our Manager of Client and Volunteer Services a call at 626-5570, ext. 5572 to find out more information about volunteering. You can also apply by filling in our online application form. We will carefully review your application to ensure you are a good fit for our team. We will also require two personal references and a current criminal record check.
Once your application has been reviewed, our Manager of Client and Volunteer Services will contact you and schedule an introductory interview. Your hospice volunteer training sessions will begin after you are accepted into the hospice volunteer program. You will be enrolled in a provincially accredited hospice volunteer training program which will help you understand the many issues people face at the end of life.
After completing the training course, you will be matched with clients and you will become their companion during their journey through illness. Your location, interests and time requirements are carefully considered when matching you with a client. The emotional support you provide clients will help enhance their quality of life and help them live life to the fullest.
Not everyone who completes the training will go on to become a Hospice Northwest volunteer. However, once you have completed your hospice volunteer training, you will have a valuable life skill that you can apply to all areas of your life.
The fee for the hospice volunteer training course is $100.00, which will be reimbursed to you after you complete the course and continue as a Hospice Northwest volunteer.
Hospice Volunteer Training Requirements
Hospice volunteers are required to adhere to the following:
- Must maintain confidentiality at all times
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be willing to complete a criminal reference check
- Must provide 2 personal references
- Must be willing to complete the volunteer training program
- Must be able to commit a period of time to hospice volunteering (eg. 3 hours each week for at least one year) following completion of our volunteer training program
- Must be available to meet with the Hospice Northwest staff for support, supervision and on-going education
- Must display palliative care traits that include being compassionate, non-judgmental, accepting, self-confident and sensitive to others' needs
- Access to the internet is beneficial
- A valid driver's license, insurance coverage and access to a vehicle
- The ability to speak more than one language is a plus
- The willingness to visit the client in various locations, such as home, hospital or long-term care facilities. Volunteers are asked which location they prefer when they begin volunteering. We will make an effort to respect your preference; however, volunteers are encouraged to continue with their clients even if the location of their client changes.