ID: 67305

Biographers and Companionship Volunteers wanted - Melbourne's eastern suburbs

Community Services Regular - more than 6 months Mitcham VIC

About this opportunity

EPC Volunteers Our volunteers tell us that they get more than they give, but it takes a special sort of person to volunteer in palliative care. Spending time with people facing end of life is incredibly rewarding, but can also be challenging. We provide lots of support, training, connection and supervision to our volunteers because the work they do in the community is absolutely vital - plus we really value this vibrant, passionate and extraordinary team of people from all walks of life.

Our roles

-EPC Biography Volunteers: visit people and help them write their story - and they have now helped over 1,400 people. These stories can range from 10 pages to 300 pages and offer people facing end of life the time to reflect on their life and its meaning, pass on legacy to their family, and have a laugh and a cry and a social connection with someone who has time to just listen. Our biographers need to have word processing skills and the ability to type. Visits are once a week for up to an hour but there is lots of typing and editing (inserting photos, creating headings etc) required outside of this. Biography suits people who love story, who prefer a project-based volunteer role and also those who may have limited time during working hours. Work on a biography will on average last for three months.

  • EPC Community Volunteers: visit people in their own homes, providing companionship, someone to listen without hurrying at what can be a difficult time, and support to do the things people want to do. Our volunteers have taken people to exhibitions and concerts, gone fishing and out for coffee, or have sat with them while they slept so their carer could attend appointments or do the gardening without worrying. They offer people a chance to connect with the things that matter to them, with a little extra support. All visits happen during business hours, usually once a week for up to 3 hours. Our volunteers also help people access medical appointments.

EPC's volunteers each have a vital role to play in our service delivery. They contribute over a thousand hours each month and help us to greatly improve the quality of services we provide to our clients.

Our volunteers do NOT do any personal care, housework or dispense medication.

We have monthly opportunities to get together for training, speakers or to chat; peer support groups and our staff team is very hands on to make sure our volunteers are well supported.

Volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with good spoken English are welcome.

Call our Volunteer Services team on 1300 130 813 or visit epc.asn.au/services/palliative-care-trained-volunteers for more information, or to register for our volunteer information session in Mitcham from 1:30-3pm on Wednesday 13th September.


Additional requirements

Driver's Licence (C) . National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

You must be an Australian resident to volunteer with us. Our work is located in Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, Monash, Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges and our volunteers must be willing to travel to or within these areas as part of their role (we try to place people within a half-hour drive of their home within these areas). We arrange and pay for all our volunteers' police checks, and also require our volunteers to obtain a (free) Working With Children Check and register us as an organisation they volunteer with. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and a valid driver's licence as they visit clients in their homes.
Flexibility and some free time during business hours is required. Volunteers must have access to email.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

On average, 3 hours per week. Please note: some flexibility during business hours is required.

Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Disability Support
  • Driving & Transportation
  • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Translating & Interpreting
  • Writing & Editing
Training

A mix of face-to-face (Mitcham) and online training in August 2021, plus a 'day on the road' with a staff member.

Reimbursement

Petrol reimbursement offered only for medical transport.