How to be a volunteer
The first step is to e-mail our Outreach Department on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 021 797 5335 to learn more about the process and book onto an orientation.
All volunteers will need to attend one of our orientation mornings, which take place four times a year to give you some background to St Luke’s Combined Hospices and what roles are available. Should you have a particular interest in working with our patients, you will also need to attend a Basic Hospice course, which is run over seven mornings twice a year (usually in March and August). This course covers in greater depth what palliative care is, the role of the volunteer in the context of palliative care and basic counselling skills.
If you would like to work in our bereavement service, there is an additional course, which will equip you with the skills to support the bereaved.
Please note: We take patient safety very seriously and for that reason, we require all volunteers who work with our patients to undertake a police clearance.