Volunteer Visiting Service
Palliative Manitoba’s Volunteer Visiting Service provides individuals who are living with a life-threatening illness with companionship. This service gives much needed support for families during end-of-life care.
Launched in 1987, the Volunteer Visiting Service is offered in Winnipeg and provides up to four hours per week at no cost to the individual or family.
They are two types of Volunteer Visiting offered:
In the Community
Trained Palliative Manitoba volunteers visit individuals in their own home, once per week for approximately four hours. Volunteer visitors initiate a respectful and supportive relationship with family members and their loved one by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.
Volunteers in the community:
- help lessen the feelings of loneness.
- offer a supportive listening ear for clients and family members.
- assist with outings and shopping or run errands.
- provide caregiver with short respite breaks.
- assist in recreational activities.
- assist with tasks such as writing cards and recording life stories.
In Palliative Care Units
Palliative Manitoba provides volunteers to the Palliative Care Units located at Riverview Health Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital. All volunteers are trained to provide companionship and offer support to patients and families on the unit.
Individuals in the Palliative Care Program are referred to Palliative Manitoba through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Palliative Care Program.