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Hospice Toronto is seeking In-home Hospice Volunteers!
Adding Life to Days...
Started 25 years ago, Hospice Toronto is Toronto’s first volunteer and community-based, not for profit, in-home hospice palliative care program.
In-home Hospice volunteers provide companionship, emotional and spiritual support, practical assistance and caregiver relief to individuals who are living with a life threatening illness and to their families. Visits take place in the client's home for approximately 4 hours per week and the visit schedule is based on the client's needs and the volunteer's availability. **The majority of client requests are for visits during the daytime on weekdays, so we are always seeking volunteers with week-day daytime availability.**
Volunteering at Hospice Toronto can be a demanding and challenging opportunity, yet a very rewarding and fulfilling one that allows our clients to die at home with dignity and support. We look forward to hearing from you.
Minimum hours per week
4 hours per week for a minimum of one year.
We are looking for people with compassion and sensitivity. It is not necessary to have any prior experience with dying and death or any medical background. You need a warm heart, an ability to remain clear about your role, and calm and centered in sometimes difficult situations. A sense of humor and common sense are essential! **People who are available during the day on weekdays are particularly needed.**
Office Building is accessible for meetings/trainings.
Completion of the comprehensive 35+ hour palliative care training program is mandatory before beginning to work with hospice clients. The training program includes topics such as Communication Skills, Family Dynamics, Cultural Competency, Understanding
Boundaries and the Role of the Volunteer, Hands-on Care Skills, Grief and Bereavement etc. Volunteers must complete 100% of the training program before being matched with a client.
***Fall Core Training
The next 35+ hour Palliative Care Core Hospice Volunteer training program for all In-home Care Team and Complementary Therapy volunteers will tentatively be taking place in October/November 2016 on ALL of the dates below as follows (attendance at all 9 sessions is required):
5 Thursday evenings from 5:45 pm to 9:15 pm on October 27 and November 3, 10, 17 & 24
4 Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on November 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Reserve a space to learn more at an upcoming Volunteer Information Session, held at our head office at 502 - 55 Eglinton Avenue East (at Yonge).
The upcoming Information Session dates and times are as follows:
Thursday, September 15th 6:00pm-7:30pm
Monday, September 26th 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, October 5th 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, October 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm
To register or to learn more contact Sally Blainey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 364 1666 x226. Visit our website at www.hospicetoronto.ca for more information and to apply for any of our volunteer opportunities, please complete and submit via e-mail the appropriate downloadable application form.
A personal interview and completion of a vulnerable person's police check is also required.