Hospice Simcoe Volunteers are an integral part of our team and a fully integrated component of the organization’s human resources. Hospice Simcoe was founded by volunteers, and we continue to rely on them for support in quality patient care, bereavement support, administration and governance. Hospice Simcoe has chosen to adopt the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement as a statement that defines our values and beliefs around volunteerism. Hospice Simcoe is a member of Volunteer Canada and PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources Ontario) and follows best practices in volunteer engagement.

 

Our volunteer team is comprised of 180 registered volunteers, including additional support from our valued community partners.

  • Hospice Simcoe volunteers donated over 17,000 hours last year.
  • Volunteers donated 6100 hours of client focused care.
  • Volunteers donated 5636 hours supporting our residential facility.
  • Volunteers donated 5259 hours to other various volunteer opportunities.

Everyone has their own motivation for getting involved with Hospice Simcoe. For most the experience of volunteering is very rewarding. Please consider the ideas expressed below when considering volunteering with Hospice:

  • You have an interest in the Hospice philosophy of care, 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.
  • Self-reliance, flexibility and adaptability are assets. You may be called on to work in a variety of areas and perform many different tasks. 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 be willing to explore ways of supporting and being supported by other team members. You are dedicated to your own growth and ongoing learning. Your personal strengths will likely include; warmth, concern for people, sense of humour, approachability and flexibility.
  • You are willing to commit yourself to training and the volunteer responsibilities set forth for your category of interest and to gaining an understanding of the policy and procedures of the Hospice program.
  • You are not bringing your personal agenda or mission to your Hospice work, and understand that our work is not to change people, but to be with them and meet them where they are. If you have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, one which you are still actively grieving, please consider carefully your present ability to take on a demanding training program. Personal loss can include job loss, significant health changes or the end of a significant relationship. This work can intensify your own grief. We will review each applicant individually in this regard.
  • You have a strong support team away from Hospice Simcoe. Working at Hospice can be stressful at times so it is important that you have good support and ways of taking care of yourself, meeting change and the unexpected with ease.
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