How to become a volunteer

As a non-profit registered charity, our organization relies on its volunteers to play a key role in all of our services and programs; from the volunteer board of directors who govern Serenity House Hospice; to the volunteers that assist with fundraising, awareness and community events. There are many exciting opportunities to consider.
  
Steps to becoming a volunteer.

To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, Serenity House Hospice require that volunteers complete extensive orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the history of Serenity House Hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Even though our volunteers provide nonprofessional services, they are required to undergo a police check, and provide two personal references. 
 
All volunteers who will provide any direct care are also required to complete 30 hours of training per standards set by The Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care training is provided by MOHLTC and a certificate is issued upon successful completion.

To assist in your self-evaluation for suitability to the role of a Palliative Care Volunteer we ask that you reflect on the following personal inventory:

Things to Consider When Applying to be a Palliative Care Volunteer

    • You have an interest in the Hospice concept, and have the desire to help others. You have some awareness of what is drawing you to Hospice work, and are willing to explore this in depth.
    • You are sensitive to the special needs of dying patients and their families, and have chosen to work to support them.
    • You are aware of the losses you have experienced, and your way of grieving, and have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.
    • You are open to others who may have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. You are able to listen well, and to validate others where they are, rather than where you might believe they should be.
    • As you may be called on to work in a variety of areas and perform many different tasks, selfreliance, flexibility and adaptability are assets. Realistic awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to set limits are important.
    • You like working as part of a team, and are willing to explore ways of supporting and being supported by other team members. You are dedicated to your own growth and on-going learning. Your personal strengths will likely include warmth, concern for people, sense of humour, and approachability.
    • You are willing to commit yourself to the training and to the volunteer responsibilities that follow, and to gaining an understanding of the standards and policies of the Hospice program.
    • You are not bringing personal agendas or “missions” to your Hospice work, and understand that our work is not to change people, but to be with them where they are.
   • If you have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, one that you are still actively grieving, please consider carefully your present ability to take on a demanding training program. This work can intensify your own grief. We will review each applicant individually in this regard.
    • Since working as a Palliative Care Volunteer can be stressful at times, it is important that you have good supports and ways of taking care of yourself, meeting change and the unexpected with ease.

Thank you for your interest in Serenity House Hospice's volunteer program. As a front-line volunteer caring for someone at the bedside, or working behind the scenes, there's something for everyone. We hope to hear from you soon......

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