Comox Valley Hospice Society seeking volunteers

The Comox Valley Hospice Society is seeking men and women of all ages with flexible time, compassion and commitment to join our hospice palliative care team.

“We are particularly keen to recruit young adults 18 years and over, who may have an interest in the health and caring professions,” executive director Terri Odineal said in  a press release.

“Volunteers [interested] in working with clients are needed in a variety of areas including: hospice palliative care at home, in the community or in hospital; bereavement care; one on one bereavement and palliative support; and, healing from loss group facilitating.”

The CVHS is also seeking to train a select core of volunteers to provide support for the new four-room hospice palliative care unit to be opened adjacent to The Views at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in April, 2015.

Volunteers interested in working with clients receive 30 hours of hospice palliative volunteer training and the next volunteer palliative training will take place early in 2015.

The training course provides a broad overview and understanding of hospice palliative care and issues related to dying and grieving.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to have a good sense of personal boundaries as well as balance and support in their own lives. Working effectively as a member of a team and strong communication skills are required. Those who are accepted and commit to volunteering are required to submit a criminal record check.

Individuals interested in either the hospice palliative care training or life transition training course are urged to contact the CVHS office at: 250-339-5533 or email reception@comoxhospice.com.

 

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