The following programs and services are offered to individuals and their families by specially trained Hospice Volunteers. All programs are offered free of charge.

Before working with clients, our Volunteers must go through extensive and intensive training and provide a clear police check. Volunteers receive ongoing training and support from Hospice staff.

Volunteer Visiting

Our specially trained volunteers provide emotional and practical support to individuals living with a life threatening illness in their home. When you contact Hospice, a professional staff member will arrange to meet with you and/or your loved one to discuss the type of volunteer that will best suit your needs and establish a suitable visiting schedule.

5 Ways a Volunteer Can Help

  1. Listen
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Go out for a coffee or tea
  4. Play cards or board games
  5. Shop for groceries

Read our full list of 39 Things Hospice Volunteers Can Do With Clients.

Day Away Program

A weekly, full-day program offered in Kitchener and Cambridge for individuals living with a life threatening illness.

Complementary Therapies

Hospice offers free Therapeutic Touch sessions in conjunction with our Day Away Program. Therapeutic Touch is a complementary therapy that utilizes near touch or light touch and helps to reduce anxiety and promotes relaxation.

To learn more about Therapeutic Touch please visit the TTNO website at https://www.therapeutictouchontario.org/.

Hospice also offers massage therapy and guided imagery for clients and caregivers at the Hospice Family Centre.

Hair Salon

Hairstyling Services are available for men and women with advanced illness and their caregivers.

Volunteer hairstylists provide a wash, cut and style in the privacy of our hair salon at the Hospice Family Centre at no charge.

Please call for an appointment.

Bereavement Walking Group

A weekly outdoor walking group for people who have lost someone in the past two years, led by trained volunteers who offer support and encouragement.

Weekly walks  take place in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.

Long Term Care Facility Support

Hospice Volunteers can provide a compassionate presence to residents of long term care facilities who are in their last 24-48 hours of life.

Hospital Support

Our Volunteers are available to provide emotional support to individuals who have been admitted to hospital and are living with a life threatening illness.