Community Care looking for caring volunteers

By Cecilia Nasmith

Community Care Northumberland is looking to recruit volunteers to visit and support clients throughout Northumberland County who are living with a life-threatening illness.

In offering this vital visiting hospice service at no cost to clients or their families, Community Care relies on well-trained hospice volunteers. To that end, the agency is offering a 30-hour hospice core training program that is mandatory for new volunteers who will be preparing to offer services that will help ease the journey of local residents and their families facing serious life-threatening illness, palliative-diagnosed, requiring end-of-life support and grief-and-bereavement care.

This next core training session will take place at Community Care's Cobourg office, starting March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, and running for 10 consecutive weeks. Training includes classes, readings, specialized guest speakers, visuals, discussions and hands-on experiences in readying volunteers for the joys and challenges of this work.

Upon completion of the training, participants will have gained a better understanding of the philosophy of hospice care, comfort measures for end-of-life clients, attitudes toward death and dying, communication, family dynamics, grief and loss, and more.

For further information, or to register for this training, contact Community Care’s Hospice Services office at 1-855-473-8875 or visit