Community Volunteering hub

The Community Volunteering hub offers information and support for hospices about launching and improving their community volunteer programmes.

Volunteering in hospice care

Welcome to the Hospice UK online resource hub for community volunteering

The number of hospice volunteer programmes providing support to people in the community with palliative and end of life care needs and their carers has increased in recent years. These involve a range of volunteering models from those managed by staff, to those led by volunteers.

The lack of information about the extent and nature of such volunteering across the UK led to a Hospice UK project that aimed to explore community volunteering and develop a central reference point where hospices interested in developing such programmes could find sources of information.

This project has built upon work already undertaken in the children’s hospice and palliative care sector by Together for Short Lives, which developed and piloted resources, Together We Can, for volunteers supporting families at home caring for a child with a life-limiting condition.

About the resource hub

This resource hub is informed by by evidence gathered from a survey of hospice community volunteering undertaken by Hospice UK.

It is important the resource hub recognises the diversity of hospice organisations and approaches to community volunteering and the experience that already exists within the sector.

The resource hub, therefore, brings together the knowledge from those with experience in this field and signposts readers to available information, organisations and people willing to help. 

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Further resources

The development of Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (Kerala)

Paleri, A., Sallnow, L. (2018) Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care in India In: Scott R, Howlett S, editors. The changing face of volunteering in hospice and palliative care: an international perspective (pp157-169). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The development of Compassionate Neighbours

Sallnow. L., Richardson, H. (2018) and Community In: Scott R, Howlett S, editors. The changing face of volunteering in hospice and palliative care: an international perspective (pp157-169). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Exploring experiences of compassionate communities

Wegleitner, K., Heimerl, K., Kellehear, A. (2016) Compassionate Communities Case studies from Britain and Europe. Abingdon: Routledge

An overview of the development of compassionate communities in England.

Volunteering and community development

Volunteering Now (2011) The Role of Volunteering as an Integral Part of Community Development in Northern Ireland.

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