Volunteer Visiting

Our specially trained Volunteers offer social and emotional support to individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness in Greater Hamilton. Support is provided in the client's place of residence, including home, long term care facility, our residential hospice, or hospital.

What We Offer

  • Volunteers you can trust and depend on
  • One or two visits per week for up to 4 hours per visit
  • Availability of more than 1 volunteer depending on client needs
  • Respite for family and informal caregivers
  • Companionship by engaging with clients in life-enhancing activities, such as:
    • Friendly Conversation & Support
    • Outings
    • Letter Writing, Journaling and Legacy Leaving Projects
    • Sharing, Hobbies & Interests

NEW! We now have a pediatric visiting volunteer program! 

This program provides a matched volunteer for up to two hours per week to support the caregiver in the home. Working with the caregiver needs, the volunteer can provide companionship and enhanced social supports to the caregiver, the child and or sibling in the home. Volunteers do not provide medical or personal care and cannot be responsible for any lifesaving monitoring. Contact our Coordinator of Children and Family Support Programs at 905 387 2448 ext 2230

Home Support Volunteers

  • Are thoroughly screened with pre-training and post training interviews
  • Are reference checked
  • Provide police clearances
  • Complete 33 hours of intensive Hospice Palliative Care Education, meeting the standards set by the Hospice Association of Ontario (HAO)
  • Are offered ongoing support and educational opportunities at the Hospice
  • Have access to our library resources

Click here to download a copy of a Volunteer Visiting Referral Form.

For any questions regarding our Volunteer Visiting Program, please contact Cherylin Kislosky-McLellan by phone at 905.387.2448 ext. 2209 or email her by clicking here.