Delta Hospice welcomes new volunteers

Next training session runs from Sept.16 to Oct. 24.

Coordinator of volunteers Chris Colero (left) with cottage coordinator of volunteers Sandy Schmidt.

Do you have time to volunteer and are looking for a flexible and fulfilling position within your own community?

Delta Hospice volunteers offer meaningful support to  residents and families living with a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, advanced illness, or loss.

After a comprehensive education program, they work at the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care, at the Irene Thomas Hospice, in hospitals, in homes and in care facilities.

Hospice volunteers are important members of the health care team and contribute their skills, life experiences and caring to help improve the well-being and quality of life of those who are suffering.

The Delta Hospice Society will be offering the next volunteer training session this fall at the Centre for Supportive Care, from Sept.16 to Oct. 24. Sessions will be Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

There are a variety of presenters throughout the 30-hour training program, including from health care professionals, clients, volunteers and hospice staff. The topics include listening and communication skills, pain and comfort care, living with dying, spirituality, self care, grief and loss and a volunteer panel who present their experiences in the many different areas of service.

If you are interested in becoming a trained Delta Hospice volunteer, please call 604-948-0660 to book a pre-course interview with coordinator of volunteers Chris Colero. This meeting will give participants a clear understanding of the course and the expected commitments.

For information regarding volunteering at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, please call the centre at 604-948-0660, ext 333 and leave a message.  You will be contacted by the cottage coordinator of volunteers Sandy Schmidt.

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