HURON HOSPICE VOLUNTEER SERVICE




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Enhancing the Comfort, Dignity and Quality of Life
for Individuals with Life-Limiting Conditions
 
Hospice is a Concept of Care with a focus on Caring, not curing, Living not dying.
We help to support Quality of Life until the end. Hospice is all about
HOPE.
 

 

VOLUNTEER WITH HURON HOSPICE

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Volunteer Opportunities | Volunteer Visitors | Am I Ready to Volunteer | Things to Consider | Application | Volunteer Recognition

 

Hospice is a concept of care with a focus on caring, not curing, living not dying. We help to support quality of life until the end. Hospice is all about HOPE. Our volunteers are people who display sensitivity, good communication skills, and willingness to help. They respect the privacy, dignity, and self-determination of each person. They are carefully screened and have completed an approved Volunteer Training Program. They receive ongoing education, supervision and group support. Our volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization.

As a volunteer, Lucy gives her time and says she receives so much more. Lucy wanted a volunteer position as unique as she is, so she checked out Huron Hospice Volunteer Service. Now she experiences a deep satisfaction that comes from helping others when they need it most.

There are many ways to volunteer with our organization. Give us a call to see what the right fit is for you! Whether it be as a Volunteer Visitor, a Board or Committee Member, or to help out with events as a Community Volunteer, we are always open to inquires.  Give us a call, send an email or drop by the office for more information.

 
 


 
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“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really live: the more they give, the more they possess”.
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many ways to volunteer with our organization. Here are some suggestions of the roles our volunteers play Give us a call to find out how you can help ... more


 

AM I READY TO VOLUNTEER?
 

If you are wondering if you are suited to Hospice volunteering, review this checklist to determine if you’re ready!  ... more

 
VOLUNTEER VISITORS

Extensively screened and trained volunteers provide non-medical support and comfort to individuals living with a life-limiting progressive illness or injury and to their families ... more


 

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization. They help make a difference in the community with their extraordinary efforts ... more
 
THINGS TO CONSIDER

There are some important things to consider before applying. Please consider these ideas as to whether Hospice volunteering is a service you want to give at this time ... more


 

APPLICATION 

Please review the Application process, as well as the Expectations and Screening components.... more

Download a Volunteer Application Form  

 
 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE WITH HURON HOSPICE

There are many ways to volunteer with our organization. Whether it be as a Volunteer Visitor, a Board or Committee Member, or to help out with events as a Community Volunteer, we are always open to inquires. Give us a call, send an email, or drop by the office for more information.

 

Here are some of the ways you can assist the work of Huron Hospice Volunteer Services.

Visit with client and families to provide companionship.

Visit with client to give the caregiver a time of respite.

Assist with practical help in clients’ homes .

Provide grief and bereavement support.

Plan and host fundraising events.

Plan community training events to promote awareness of hospice services.

Assist in office with administrative and clerical tasks. Many office duties may be performed by a volunteer such as graphic artist for publicity work, mailings, and preparing booklets.
 

Contribute your professional expertise.

 

 

WHO ARE HURON HOSPICE VOLUNTEER VISITORS

Extensively screened and trained volunteers provide non-medical support and comfort to individuals living with a life-limiting progressive illness or injury and to their families in the privacy of their own homes. Volunteers offer practical assistance, emotional support, and respite for caregivers, and encouragement of client’s interests and hobbies.

This service provides the client and family with the extra support required to cope with the life-limiting illness. It is not intended to replace the need for professional health care services. The criteria for program eligibility is a terminal diagnosis.

Referrals can be made by anyone including (but not limited to) family members, Community Care Access Centre, health care professionals, clergy, friends or neighbours. We serve all individuals living with a life-limiting progressive illness regardless of age, gender, language, ethnic background or diagnosis. Services are provided in the client’s home, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and hospitals to ensure continuity of care. There is no fee for services.

Here are some of the ways in which Volunteer Visitors provide support...
 

Go for a walk Listen Go out for coffee or tea Play cards or board games
       
Shop for groceries Errands Help prepare meal Bake together
       
Watch TV or movie Make phone calls Help write letters Assist with child care
       
Paint or draw Enjoy a hobby Work on relaxation Listen to music together
       
Play an instrument Help care for pet Plan an event Pray together
       
Go shopping Gardening Set up a bird feeder Sing together
       
Share your photographs Record life experiences Arts and crafts Go on an “outing”
       
Laugh together Give a manicure/pedicure Brush/style hair Read together
       
Create a scrap book,
memory box or video
Bring in flowers from
the garden
Help with memorial/
funeral arrangements
Give a light foot/hand
or back massage


 

 

AM I READY TO VOLUNTEER WITH HURON HOSPICE?

If you are wondering if you are suited to Hospice volunteering, review this checklist to determine if you’re ready!

Reasons to Volunteer
Help others
Make a difference
Find Purpose
Enjoy a meaningful conversation
Connect with your community
Feel involved
Contribute to a cause that you care about
Use your skills in a productive way
Develop new skills
Meet new people
Explore new areas of interest
Impress yourself
Expand your horizons
Make new friends
Strengthen your resume
Give something back
 

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPLYING

Volunteer Services are an integral component of the Hospice Program. In considering whether Hospice volunteering is a service you want to give at this time, please consider the ideas expressed below.
 

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, self-reliance, 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.
   
As working as a Client Support Volunteer for Huron Hospice Volunteer Service 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.

  

 
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Review “Things to Consider" when applying to be a Hospice Volunteer.

2. Download an Application Form.

3. Complete application form, including the names and contact information of two references.

4. Mail completed form to Huron Hospice, Clinton Public Hospital ,98 Shipley St., Clinton ON N0M 1L0
or send via e-mail infohospice@tcc.on.ca.

5. Call for an introductory interview with a Hospice representative.

6. Attend a Volunteer Training/Orientation session.

7. Submit screening documentation – police check (2 pieces of ID) – one with your photo on it, driver’s abstract (if applicable), immunization and insurance verification (for client support volunteers only).

8. Hospice staff will discuss with you potential volunteering placement opportunities.
 

Expectations
Volunteers (client support) are expected to attend monthly professional development meetings.
Volunteers are expected to submit all hours related to their hospice work on a monthly basis.
Volunteers become part of a large caring team – working together to support
Mission, Vision, Values.
Confidentiality must be observed at all times.

Screening
All applicants must pass a screening process and meet the qualifications and requirements of the position to be accepted into the program.
Must demonstrate emotional maturity, stability and dependability
Have good listening skills and comfort with silences
Must have a cooperative attitude
Must be non-judgmental – no matter the situation
Be able to work as part of a team member with professional staff and other volunteers
Commitment to maintain confidentiality
Share a strong sense of the mission, goals and objectives of hospice
Have good interpersonal skills, good communication skills, and the ability to take direction
Be able to handle difficult situations in a caring, empathetic manner
Build positive community relations
Help as able with other functions of hospice – such as fundraising and public relations events

*** Please note: Not all applicants are guaranteed acceptance in the Huron Hospice Volunteer program.
The first six months of volunteering will serve as a probationary period and determine the best fit for your volunteer role with Huron Hospice.


Download a Volunteer Application Form for Huron Hospice Volunteer Service.

 

 

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They help make a difference in the community with their extraordinary contribution of compassion, support and caring for those living with a life threatening diagnosis.

 

To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own”. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Kay Mailloux when she was presented with the June
Callwood Award at the HPCO Conference in 2015.
 

June Callwood Award: The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for voluntarism recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to voluntarism in Ontario. Whether by volunteering their time, efforts, knowledge or resources, citizens from across Ontario are making valuable contributions to the quality of life in their communities and the province.

Ontario Service Awards: The Ontario Volunteer Service Award recognizes individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization.

CCAC – Heros In the Home “Heroes in the Home Caregiver: Recognition Awards celebrate caregivers who dedicate themselves to helping others. A caregiver can be a family member, friend, case manager, volunteer, health care professional, etc. Caregivers are those who dedicate their time and kindness in order to help someone live a fuller life, despite the limitation of age, illness or disability”.

 



For more information call our office at (519) 482-3440 Ext. 6300 or email: infohospice@tcc.on.ca
Download a Referral Form for Huron Hospice Volunteer Service.
   
     
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Administration Office 98 Shipley St., Clinton ON N0M 1L0
Located at Clinton Public Hospital – west wing
Phone: 519 482-3440    Fax:
519-482-8762


Administration Ext. #6301
Email: infohospice@tcc.on.ca

Executive Director Ext. #6300
Email: huronhospice@tcc.on.ca

Manager of Volunteers
Ext. #6302 Cell: 519 955-1568
Email  hospicevol@tcc.on.ca

 

Manager of Programs /Community Engagement 
Ext. #6302 Cell: 519 441-8833
Email hospiceservices@tcc.on.ca

Wingham Site Office 270 Carling St., Box 1286 Wingham, ON NOG 2WO
Phone: 519 357-3210 Ext. 5520
Email
hospicevol@tcc.on.ca

 


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