Palliative Care South East was founded by volunteers back in 1984. The philosophy of the early founders lives on in our volunteers. We could not fully support our community without the help of our volunteers. These amazing people willingly give their time, skills and energy to help people in our community. Our volunteers are of all ages, come from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Become a Palliative Care South East volunteer and help your community. We provide full training for all volunteers, with regular meetings and outings to provide ongoing support.
There are many ways to be involved:
If you are considering becoming a volunteer, please click on the link below to view our volunteer opportunities.
Family Support Volunteers
Support the client and their family to participate as much as they can, to live as fully as possible and to help deal with practical and emotional challenges.
Are trained in bereavement support and continue to offer support to family and friends after the client has died. Volunteers are trained to recognise and respond to the needs of bereaved clients.
Assist with a variety of office based tasks including data entry, filing, mail-outs, etc.
Facilitate a program called ‘Sharing My Story’. They assist clients to document their life story which may be in the form of a printed and bound book that they can gift to family or a letter.
Offer patient transport to clients who require support to attend appointments at our onsite EPIC clinic. Clients are also able to request support for external appointments on need, approval and availability.
Are involved in community education to local groups and organisations about palliative care, what we do and how to get involved.
VOLUNTEERS ONLINE PORTAL
Existing volunteers please log in by clicking on the button below. You will be directed to the My Volunteer Page website.
WHY BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Palliative Care South East volunteers get as much out of being a volunteer as they put in:
“I like to think I brought a little relief into (the client’s) life. We shared many special moments. Her strength of character, her dignity, her determination were an inspiration to all. Yes, I believe I did improve her quality of life, but what I received in return is more than I am capable of putting into words”.
“(The biography program) is an absolutely fantastic initiative that gives our clients an opportunity to celebrate their lives in their own words as opposed to someone writing it after they have passed away.”
It is a very fulfilling experience. It gives me a feeling that I am able to make a difference in our client’s lives by being there to listen to them, help them reflect on their journey of life and put that down in words for them and their family to cherish for life.
“It is great to know that there are so many people that work as volunteers selflessly for people that are in need. It’s a great culture, a very organised operation and a very helpful team.”
“I have been a volunteer at Palliative Care South East for three and a half years. When I retired I needed to find something that would fill in a few hours each week.
I felt that my administration experience would help in a voluntary role, assisting the Admin Staff by doing some of the mundane jobs.
I really enjoy coming in each week and feel I am of use and I have, in fact, learned many new things”