- Location: Chermside QLD
- Category: Seniors & Aged Care
Type of work
- Companionship & Social Support
- Counselling & Help Line
- Seniors & Aged Care
Regular - more than 6 months
Hours are flexible to suit. Monday to Sunday 8am till 8pm
Orientation and on the job. Specific training in palliative care is provided.
- National Police Certificate *
All checks are provided and paid for by Wesley Mission Queensland.
Volunteers must meet the new Identification requirements for police checks.
All applicants will be required to complete an online registration form which will be forwarded to them when their expression of interest is lodged with us.
* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
What is the role of a Palliative Support Volunteer?
It’s about ‘presence’. Palliative Support Volunteers offer compassionate support to those living with a terminal illness at one of the most significant times of their lives.
This role is not for everyone, death and dying, end of life and palliative care can be difficult and sometimes confronting subjects for people to discuss.
Those wishing to become volunteers will usually have had some life experience that have touched them and made them more aware of the circumstances that face those living with a terminal illness. The desire to help others, learn more about grief and loss, and come to terms with their own mortality, are all legitimate and worthwhile reasons to volunteer for palliative care service. Volunteering in palliative care offers the intellectual and emotional stimulation of having to deal with ‘the big questions’, such as the meaning of life and death, and gives an opportunity to reflect on one’s own values and priorities.
Essential attributes for this role include sensitivity, empathy, life experience, warmth and good communication skills. Volunteers also need to be patient, flexible, non-judgemental, understanding and accepting of other people’s beliefs and values.
Volunteering hours for this role are flexible and all volunteers undertake a comprehensive initial training program to provide them with the knowledge, confidence and compassion to care for the dying.