Family Services

Family Services Volunteers

Trained volunteers support families with the practical and emotional demands of caring for their child.

Every Family Services Volunteer completes a 27 hour training program to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to support families who have a child with a life-limiting condition. The training includes topics such as communication and listening skills, loss and grief and ways of working with children.  All trained volunteers are required to have a Working With Children Check.

Family Services Volunteers assist in four different ways:

  • In the family home
  • When the child is admitted to hospital
  • When the child is at Very Special Kids Hospice
  • By participating in program activities, such as Sibling Days or Parent Coffee Mornings

Families wanting to know more about having a home or hospital volunteer can speak with their Family Support Practitioner or download the Trained Volunteer Program fact sheet.

If you are interested in becoming a trained Family Services Volunteer, please visit our main Volunteering page.