How You Can Help


Volunteers are recognised as being an integral part of the team at Ballarat Hospice Care. The service that we provide and the reach that we have is only possible due to the work of our staff and support of our valued volunteers.

Our volunteers are supported by a Manager of Volunteers, who is dedicated to ensuring volunteers are trained, valued and respected.

If you would like further information about what’s involved in becoming a volunteer (including what skills you have to contribute to our organisation), contact our Manager of Volunteers using the online form at the bottom of this page.


There are several teams of volunteers who perform a variety of tasks at Ballarat Hospice Care.

Trained volunteers provide practical and emotional support and provide a link to the community for patients, their carers and family. They bridge the gap between health professionals and the wider community and help provide valuable in-home support through offering respite, transport and companionship.

Volunteers are trained in accordance with volunteer training standards.

Some of the ways that volunteers assist include:

Administrative volunteers are a very diverse group of men and women who assist with a variety of tasks including general office work, loan equipment support and general assistance.

Community ambassadors
We have volunteers whose role it is to understand our organisation, palliative care and the program and services we deliver. These volunteers help advocate for the importance of in-home palliative care and the work of the Ballarat Hospice Care team in and around their communities.

Committee of Management
Our Committee of Management is made up of volunteers who have been specially selected for their expert skills and knowledge which enhances the organisation’s ability to achieve high quality governance outcomes.

We have volunteers who help us deliver events and functions. Do you have limited time to spare but would be happy to volunteer on a casual or one-off basis, without a regular commitment?  If so, events volunteering may be just your type of volunteering. We host several events each year and volunteers contribute greatly by providing assistance at or leading up to an event.

Op Shops

Volunteers work in our op shop sites, sorting donations, selling goods and helping merchandise the stores. It’s a great opportunity to put your retail knowledge to good use for a few hours a week or a fortnight.

Our special interest group
This group was formed more than 20 years ago and the focus is on mutual support through social activities and being available to each other to lend a helping hand through bereavement.

This group also fundraises and helps lift the profile of Ballarat Hospice Care throughout the community.

Why volunteering is important
Volunteering in palliative care is an opportunity to be involved with people who are facing the most critical phase of their life. Training and/or orientation is provided to ensure volunteering is as rewarding for you as it is for our patients, their carers and family.

Do you have what it takes to volunteer?
If you would like to become a volunteer with Ballarat Hospice Care, fill in the online form below.

For more information on volunteering with Ballarat Hospice Care, email