“Volunteering here allows me to experience firsthand the courage, beauty and strength of ordinary people, and to help them through the dark days which have overcome them. This is an enormous privilege.” — Michael, Victoria Hospice Volunteer

Victoria Hospice relies upon many dedicated volunteers sharing their time and skills in the following areas:

Clinical Volunteer Roles

Unit Volunteers Caring and compassionate individuals enhance the quality of care to patients and their families on our 17-bed unit at Richmond Pavilion. Screening and training required. 

Community Volunteers Experienced volunteers visit patients’ homes to give caring support to patients and their families. Advanced screening and training required.

Bereavement Volunteers Effective listeners aid recently bereaved clients through scheduled telephone and in-person contacts as well as support groups. Advanced screening and training required.

Complementary Therapy Skilled individuals certified in therapeutic touch, Reiki and other healing modalities share their talents with patients, families and hospice staff on the unit and in the community. Advanced screening and training required.

Life Stories Trained volunteers interview hospice patients and record their memories and special thoughts. Advanced screening and training required.

Spiritual Care Companion Sensitive and skilled volunteers accompany patients and family in the spiritual work of approaching death and bereavement. Advanced screening and training required.

Bedside Singers Two volunteer singers offer either peaceful or more upbeat a cappella songs to patients and families on the inpatient unit. Screening plus hospice and bedside singing training required. 

Non-clinical Volunteer Roles

Office Admin Dedicated clerical workers support selected departments with typing, phoning, photocopying, data entry, mailing, library maintenance, and/or other office services.

Special Events Energetic and enthusiastic team players assist in many ways with our annual awareness-raising and fundraising events such as Celebrate-a-Life, Hike for Hospice, Swimathon and Teeny Tiny Garden Tour.

Gardeners Skilled gardeners maintain our special rooftop garden on the 4th floor of Richmond Pavilion.

Music on the Unit  Musicians (guitar, harp, violin) play gentle ‘background’ music in late afternoons in our family lounge.

Now read about some of the benefits of volunteering with Victoria Hospice.

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.