For Volunteers

Volunteers are vital members of the palliative care team. The Canadian Virtual Hospice recognizes that palliative care volunteers spend their time supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The dedication and support shown by volunteers is one reason palliative care is so widely regarded as compassionate care.

For Volunteers is intended for volunteers and volunteer managers to showcase and share valuable resource material so that we may benefit from each other’s experiences. 
 

Manager Resources
BCHPCA Volunteer Standards
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA)  has created volunteer standards for hospice palliative care volunteers. Consistent... read more...
Bereavement Volunteer Handbook
This handbook was developed by the staff and volunteers working with Palliative Manitoba to guide volunteers working in bereavement... read more...
Developing a Home Hospice Program: A Startup Manual
All the information necessary to initiate a community-based hospice program is outlined in this 323 page book. Establishing... read more...
Draft Model for Volunteer Best Practices
The Task Group on Volunteer Best Practices and Quality was formed in 2002 by Health Canada, as part of the development of... read more...
Hospice Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada: How will they co-exist?
With all of the media coverage and polarized opinions surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), patients need to know... read more...
Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers: A Training Program
A training manual developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to ensure that volunteers receive consistent... read more...
Implementing the End-of-Life Care Strategy: Lessons from Good Practice
Based on the 2008 British government publication 'End of Life Care Strategy', this publication provides guidance for improving... read more...
Indicators and Targets for the Volunteer Hospice Visiting Service
This Accreditation Model is specific to Volunteer Visiting Home Hospice Services and includes; standards, criteria, targets... read more...
The Many Roles of Hospice Volunteers
Article written by Stephen Claxton-Oldfield outlines the many diverse roles for hospice volunteers based on British practice. read more...
Organizing a Small Hospice Resources Library
Anna Henshaw and Hospice of Windsor & Essex County Inc. have created this book to help others develop hospice resources libraries. read more...
Volunteer Resources
GetPalliativeCare.org
Getpalliativecare. org is an American website which provides  palliative care information for people coping with serious,... read more...
Hospice Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada: How will they co-exist?
With all of the media coverage and polarized opinions surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), patients need to know... read more...

For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact your local or provincial palliative care office.

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