Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in Prairie Hospice’s volunteer program. Volunteers are the heart of our program, and demand for service remains high.

A training session for new Prairie Hospice Volunteers will be held in March, 2019 as follows:

Prairie Hospice Society Volunteer Training Session, March 2019

  • Friday, March 22: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location

Emmanuel Anglican Church, Haslam Hall (lower level), 607 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon

If you are interested in attending, please read the information under Direct Client Services Volunteers and Application Process below. Print out and fill in the Volunteer Application Form. You may also call us at 306-249-5554 and we’ll send you a copy, or you can pick one up at our office at 716 Queen Street. Please email your completed form to admin.assist@prairiehospice.org, or drop it off at our office. You may also mail it to:

Prairie Hospice Society Volunteer Training
716 Queen Street
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 0M9

Direct Client Services Volunteers

Our Client Service Volunteers offer non-medical, practical, emotional, and spiritual support to people who are living with a terminal illness. They visit with clients to provide companionship – reading, talking, writing letters, listening to life stories. They give caregivers a time of respite and support bereaved families. They assist with practical help in and out of clients’ homes, such as preparing light meals, running errands for clients or providing transportation for appointments and outings. All volunteer services are offered free of charge.

The comprehensive initial training program and ongoing in-service educational events prepare volunteers to visit clients and offer compassionate non-medical client- and family-centered care for these individuals and their families in the comfort of their homes. The comprehensive initial training consists of presentations, panel discussions, small group work, self-care, suggested readings, and videos to prepare you for the challenges you may face as a hospice volunteer.

Your Commitment

 

 

 

Attend complete training program
Volunteer approximately four hours per week for a minimum of one year
Attend ongoing in-service training sessions
What You Receive
Professional training
Guidance and support from the Volunteer Coordinator
Support from a community of like-minded people

Application Process

This work requires integrity and sensitivity.  We are committed to ensuring that all volunteers are fully screened and trained prior to working with clients. This will include an interview and reference checks.

When applying to join the Prairie Hospice volunteer team, please allow sufficient time for an interview to be scheduled and reference checks completed before being accepted into the next training.

Please prepare yourself by reading “Things To Consider When Applying to Be a Hospice Volunteer”.

A Criminal Record Check is required for all volunteers. No charge will be incurred at the Police Station, providing you bring an original signed letter from Prairie Hospice indicating that you are applying to volunteer. These letters can be picked up from our office at 716 Queen Street or requested by mail. If you have had a Criminal Record Check in the past year, a copy of this document will be accepted.

No prior experience in health care is necessary for any volunteer opportunity.  Prairie Hospice understands that we all have the capacity for care and compassion.

To view a PowerPoint presentation about hospice and volunteering, click here: Heart of Volunteering

Prairie Hospice Volunteer Training Groups

Here are the volunteers we have trained to date. Additional people are always welcome!

Group 1, November 2012

Group 1, November 2012

Group 2, June 2013

Group 2, June 2013

Group 3, January 2014

Group 3, January 2014

Group 4, November 2014

Group 4, November 2014

Group 5, June 2015

Group 5, June 2015

Group 6, November 2015

Group 6, November 2015

Group 7, November 2016

Group 7, November 2016

Group 8, November 2017

Group 8, November 2017