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Hospice Home Visiting Volunteer - Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Sep 21, 2020
Scarborough, Ontario

Hospice is about living every day to the fullest.
And you can be a part of that.

Are you looking for a meaningful way to be involved in your community?
Are you a Lifelong Learner?
Would your friends describe you as compassionate & reliable?
Interested in learning more about yourself and others?

Do you speak Italian, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, Cantonese, Hungarian, Punjabi or Tagalog?

If this describes you please think about joining our amazing and committed team of Community Hospice Program volunteers. 

The SCHC Community Hospice Program provides in-home, non-medical support to individuals living with a life-threatening illness (cancer, ALS, congestive heart failure, Huntingtons and other progressive illnesses). Volunteers provide emotional, social and spiritual support to individuals, their families and caregivers. We know that with the right support, services and information, caring for someone at the end of life can be manageable and meaningful for all involved. Volunteers are a vital part of the interdisciplinary team that supports enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families facing life-threatening illness, death and bereavement.

Our volunteers are caring, compassionate, and respectful, have good inter-personal and communication skills and are committed to providing empathetic and judgment-free service to a range of people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in Scarborough. You will receive professional training, ongoing support and recognition and be part of a team of people who consistently say that they “get more than they give” from this unique and life-enhancing volunteer opportunity.

As demand for our services continues to grow, we are especially looking for volunteers with daytime availability who speak more than one language (particularly Italian, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, Cantonese, Hungarian, Punjabi or Tagalog) in addition to English (and welcome English-only speakers as well). But we also welcome applications from those with weekend availability.

Required Language

English

Preferred Second Languages

Italian, Greek, Tagalog, Russian, Tamil, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Hungarian and more

Transportation

Location for training has plenty of free parking and is TTC accessible (a very short bus ride from Kennedy station).  Our groups will be offered at our Brimley & Eglinton site.

Minimum Age

18

Responsibilities

To enhance the comfort, dignity and quality of life of people living with a life-limiting illness, their caregivers and families through emotional, social and spiritual care and practical assistance (non-medical support). Examples of activities and duties that volunteers may be asked to provide include: companionship, caregiver respite, reading out loud, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, watching movies, assisting with writing, scrapbooking, story-telling and other legacy work, outings, running errands or accompanying someone to the store, an appointment, religious/faith service etc.

Weekly visits to your assigned client, reliable and consistent communication with hospice staff, timely reporting of monthly volunteer hours and dedication to the values of Hospice Palliative Care are also required.

Training & Location

Participation in agency, screening, orientation and training, plus successful completion of 30 hour professional hospice training (certificate provided). Police and personal reference checks. Currently we are conducting virtual onboarding and training. Our offices are located at the mid-Scarborough HUB, Brimley & Eglinton.

Commitment: 

About 3-5 hours per week for one full year, you visit/call your client on the same day and time each week. You commit to regular reporting and communication with staff, ongoing personal and professional development and maintaining safe boundaries and self-care practices.

For more information and to apply, contact Betty Ann Rutledge, Volunteers, Outreach & Training in the Community Hospice Program at hpcvolcoordinator@schcontario.ca or call 416-642-9445 ext. 4418. Apply now to begin your journey of learning and giving right away! Online training can start anytime.

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