Volunteer Information

Welcome Volunteers and potential volunteers. We will be posting coming events, education, and you will be able to find necessary information such as forms, policies and procedures, and links to volunteer handbooks and other information here.

Need volunteer assistance, submit volunteer hours, questions, ideas, please feel free to email me at anytime. My office working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 3:30pm.

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!!!

Covid 19 important volunteer information:

DCH COVID-19 Screening Tool

Return to Volunteering Declaration

Health and Safety Considerations for Volunteering During a Public Health Emergency

Eastern Ontario Health Unit Guidelines for Volunteering during Covid 19

As restriction guidelines are easing up in our part of Ontario we have made the decision that outside “porch visits” may start with the clients that you visit as of next week. However, both parties need to feel comfortable with doing this, so if you or your client feel uneasy, you can continue to visit over the phone.

You need to follow the rules for social distancing, remaining 2 m (6 feet) apart at all times. Bring your own lawn chair and your own water bottle, however, be aware that you are not allowed to go into the client’s home to use the bathroom, so please take care with your fluid intake.

Educate yourself with the EOHU Guidelines for Volunteering: need to read carefully, complete and return to Tina before you resume to your volunteering role. It is found in the Volunteer pages on our website and it is also available here Return to Volunteering Declaration  DCH COVID-19 Screening Tool is also available at the above link and is attached as well. You will need to self-screen before each visit, document the results and send those results to Hospice with your monthly volunteer hours.

If you have any questions or you are feeling unsure about anything, please feel free to give Tina or any staff a call.

Monthly Volunteer News:

March 2021 Volunteer News

The warmer weather is finally here, hope you got to enjoy some of that fresh air, and sun, sure feels good!! A few items of interest to note for this month.

Thanks to all who joined us for our first Zoom education meeting last week, or watched it afterwards, great feedback. We will definitely be having more zoom education sessions in the future. 

We also had several volunteers attend the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care program education day on Wednesday, if you missed it you can watch the archived sessions here.

Please let me know if you have any guest speakers, or topics you are interested in learning more about.

Keep and eye on your spam/junk box in the next week, out strategic planning survey will be coming soon for all volunteers, via Survey Monkey.

Please send in all of your February volunteer hours.

Please join us for a  Death Café, for Volunteers, and staff only, please see the poster attatched, as well as the info below:

Join us for an afternoon,Death Café, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.2:00-3:30 PM

On Zoom

Have a cup of tea and discuss death with other hospice volunteers.

No agenda, objectives or themes (except death). Not grief support nor counselling.

Just a discussion.

E-mail Linda for a Zoom invitation.

Newsletter Volunteers Needed

We will have 10,000 newsletters and envelopes to marry up and we will need your help!

If you can spare a few hours of your time to give us a hand at home, please let Lynn know (pa@dundascountyhospice.ca) Thank you!!

 Books of interest

As requested here is a list of books for your own interest that our clients have been reading for the grief and bereavement book club, just a list in case you’d like to read what they’ve been reading.

Its OK That You’re Not Ok – Megan Devin

The Orphaned Adult – Alexander Levy

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

The Year Of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Dream New Dreams – Jai Pausch

The Company We Keep– Frances Itani

Final Gifts – Maggie Callanan

Hope you all have a great month, get out enjoy that warm weather!! As always thanks for each and every little thing you do, you are all making a difference in our community, big or small your contributions are making an impact!!  Take care, be safe. Tina

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

February 2012 Volunteer news

Our new colour is orange!! Nice to have a few things open up, but caution is still a must. We are welcoming back a few more volunteers to the office, but we still are unable to visit clients in their homes. Keep up the amazing work. Those calls, texts, and errands, you are doing to support our clients are so important. What seems like a small gesture to you, can make a huge impact in someone’s life.

Please send in all of your Volunteer hours for January ( calls, texts, work from home, travel time) these all count!!

Excited to finally “see” everyone, we will have our First Volunteer education and meeting via Zoom on Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 10:00 am-11:30am, I’ll be sending  a link and info for the meeting next week. We will be having a presentation from Eastern Ontario 211, and our very own Linda Johnson will be doing a presentation on Boundaries.  Hopefully we’ll have some time at the end of the meeting to “visit” and give you an update on what’s been happening at the hospice. I’d like your ideas for future education sessions, topics and presenters.

If you need more information on using Zoom let me know and I can send you some educational material and here is a link to a tutorial to assist you.

Sowing seeds of Hope for Hospice

Seeds for sale

We have seeds for sale from our very own Hospice garden and volunteer gardens. For a donations you can purchase one of the five variety of seed packets. Please stop by the office if you’d like some seeds, or feel free to take some to offer to family and friends and assist with our fundraising efforts. Thanks you to our wonderful volunteer Kathy who helped with this initiative, and took the time to harvest from our beautiful gardens. If successful we hope to add more seeds next season, and hope to have a similar sale in the spring with donated plants. If anyone is interested in joining the gardening committee, or assisting with the hospice gardens, please let me know . **Seeds are sold out, save yours for next season!!

Education

Champlain Hospice Palliative Care program is hosting an education day (virtual event), only $25 to participate, here is the link to sign up and please see the attached poster for more information. We have several volunteers already confirmed to be attending and hospice staff will be attending as well. Some great topics and speakers!!

Ed Day 2021 Poster

Some information to share with clients see the links below:

Seaway Valley Health Centre workshops : Living a Healthy life with a Chronic Condition, and Living well with COPD and more

Did you know we had a YouTube  channel? Wanting to learn something new to enhance your volunteer role, go have a look let me know your time spent and I’ll record it!!

Hope to see you all  at our Zoom meeting , please reach out if you have any questions!! Take care, Tina

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”. — Nelson Mandela. “

January Volunteer News

Happy New Year everyone!!

 Hope everyone is staying home ,being  safe, and coping ok with the continued stay at home orders/restrictions.  Hospice continues to have our doors locked but have consulted with public health and are open to support our clients as needed, following the necessary guidelines. Thankfully, Linda and Kathryn are still able to see and support our clients in person when needed. Our volunteers continue to  support by phone, text, and virtually where possible as well. We are still open by appointment for equipment loaning. Clients need to call to make an appointment to borrow equipment and we are collecting information by telephone as much as possible.

 

Please continue to assist your clients by phone, text, virtual visit etc. Checking in during his difficult time is important, please let us know if we can help your client in any way, connecting to services and resources in the community, offering more support, or assisting with advocacy as needed. We have a list of volunteers who are willing to assist with tasks such as groceries, extra support calls etc. if needed, please let us know. If you aren’t supporting a client by phone/virtual support and would like to, let us know as well. We continue to serve our palliative and grief and bereavement clients and may have some clients who might like a, extra support or  check up call or just someone to chat and connect with during this challenging time.

 Volunteer hours for 2020

Please send in all your remaining hours for 2020 asap, including calls, emails, contacts, texts so I can do a final record all of the volunteer hours for 2020.

Zoom

We’re excited to let you know we’ve purchased some zoom licences for the hospice, and hope to soon host some volunteer training, offer day hospice connections, and some client meetings via zoom.

Are you using zoom? Would you like to assist with co-hosting some of the volunteer training or have some leads on presentations/presenters you think would benefit us all, let us know?

 

Education (many volunteer education ideas for you to fill your time, if interested)

New book to borrow, let me know if you’d like to be on the list to borrow, and hoping to have a zoom discussion group after some of us have read it.

How To Be An Even Better Listener – A Practical Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteers by Robert Mundle

Center for Addiction and Mental Health

For those of you calling/texting  clients with grief and bereavement needs  or having difficulty dealing with the current pandemic situation  here is an excellent resource from the Centre from addiction and mental health about grief and loss during covid. There are some excellent links at the bottom of the article if you want to pursue more education/training, on how to assist clients with difficulties during Covid and other useful training concerning Mental Health. Please explore the website, there are many excellent resources, let me know if you found anything of interest that will assist with your volunteer role.

Loss, grief and healing | CAMH

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

Caregiving for Serious Illness and End-of-life Telephone Based program

 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) with funding provided by the Government of Ontario, is excited to announce the launch of a new HPCO-Telephone-Based-Program-Caregiving. This is a pilot program that we are testing to offer a virtual platform for education and support. (poster attached to this email)

These sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 2:00 – 2:40 PM starting January 26th, 2020 and ending on March 30th, 2020. Each week we will cover different topics. Please refer to the flyer to see which topics are covered on which days, and information on how to connect. Please feel free to join the sessions you are interested in. These sessions are intended for seniors, caregivers, and hospice volunteers. If you have any questions, please email Marium.Rubab@hpco.ca

Virtual Wellness HUB

HPCO is excited to be continuing the Virtual Activity Wellness Hub beginning Tuesday, January 12th . We are piloting virtual activities via Zoom meetings for seniors, people isolated at home, caregivers, and hospice volunteers. Activities will be run by facilitators in a fun and interactive group setting to increase social connection. We invite you to join our Wellness Hub on the following dates: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2021.

Seaway Valley Health  Nutrition Programs Winter 2021,

Looking to learn something new and build healthier habits in 2021? Our Registered Dietitians have loads of exciting Nutrition Programs_Winter2021 starting in the New Year! To register visit here or call 1-888-936-0306 ext. 229

Don’t forget we have a You Tube Channel with education for volunteers, caregivers, and grief and bereavement recourses.

 

I’m still in the office on Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday if you need help with training, want to touch base, or have any questions, please reach out. Take care, stay safe. Tina

“NEVER LOSE HOPE. STORMS MAKE PEOPLE STRONGER AND NEVER LAST FOREVER.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Health and Safety

For those interested, we have some excellent driver training education available for hospice volunteers from the Champlain Community Support Network. For anyone who delivers equipment, transport clients or loved ones, or just wants to plan for the future or gain some education, this is an excellent resource, here is the link:

https://www.ccsn-rscc.org/driver-training-1

The password is: champlain

Please share this volunteer opportunity with family ,friends, and colleagues.
Dundas County Hospice is looking for a Fundraising Lead
Are you an organized leader with an eye for detail? Are you a team player with good delegation skills? If you are looking to volunteer with a not-for-profit organization which supports our community members at their most vulnerable, then we may have the position you are looking for! We are in need of an enthusiastic, eager and creative individual to lead our fundraising committee. We are a group of mostly volunteers who collaborate to put on the Dundas County Hospice’s three major annual fundraisers: the Hike for Hospice in May, the Golf for Hospice tournament in June and In Good Taste, our newest event, in October. Many on the team have past experience with these events and all have a shared commitment to the organization. Time commitment varies from a few hours a month to more hours in the months leading up to an event. There is staff support for you and the team. If you would like to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity, please contact Tina, Volunteer Co-Ordinator, at 613-535-2215 x2 or vc@dundascountyhospice.ca.

Health and Safety links:

Fire Safety and Emergencies

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Flu and cold season tips

Flu season information

Winter Driving Tips

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