Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteers
Volunteers are an important and valued part of a hospice and palliative care team. Volunteers have been involved for a long time in hospice and palliative care. Now many services depend on volunteers to deliver the range and quality of services they provide.
Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience, particularly in palliative care although it can be challenging. Volunteers provide direct and indirect support to care recipients and carer givers in the hospice and also support more people to die in their own homes.
Around 1300 trained volunteers in the Republic of Ireland and 1400 in Northern Ireland support people receiving palliative care and their carer givers.