KHC service depends on volunteers.

Why volunteer?
The benefits of volunteering are many. Your offer of time and effort will enable someone to feel cared for and has a positive and peaceful state of mind at the final path of his/her journey of life. You will become part of a friendly & supportive team of volunteers. Your knowledge & skill in hospice care will increase and you may meet some memorable people or events. Best of all, you will put spiritual teaching into action and be constantly aware of death and impermanence, one of the most important teaching of the Buddha.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers offer assistance by being a friend, allowing patient to express their feelings and concerns; volunteers also provide assistance in self-care such as massage, haircut, etc. When requested, volunteers will provide spiritual support to patients and their family.

Besides patient care, volunteers are needed for assisting in administrative and fund raising events.
Who can apply to be a volunteer?
Volunteers should be in good physical and mental health, have not experienced a major personal bereavement within the past 12 months.

Volunteers who wish to visit patients must undergo a basic hospice volunteer training course.

KHC provides training to volunteers in both English and Mandarin.
What is involved in volunteer training?
Volunteers will be required to attend a basic hospice training course. Among the subjects taught are:
  • Principle of hospice care
  • Skilful means in hospice care
  • Family as a unit of care
  • Buddhist perspective of death and dying
What are the types of volunteers?
You can volunteers by
  • being a hospice volunteer and visit patients
  • being an administrative volunteer who help is paper work, mailing, etc
  • being part of the fund raising committee
What do volunteers do?
  • Hospital visits
  • Home visits
  • Respite care i.e. giving the patientís regular care-give some time off
  • Bereavement support
  • Assisting KHC in community education and fund raising events
What do we look for in a prospective volunteer?
  • Healthy motivation for wanting to help others
  • Genuine care for people, an ability to show warmth
  • Non-judgmental attitude of others
  • Respect for othersí beliefs
  • Strong sense of confidentiality
  • Ease of attitude with sick people
  • Good communication skills, yet knowing when to be silent
  • Emotional maturity
  • Willingness to learn and accept guidance
  • Sense of humour
  • Healthy attitude to own mortality
  • High self esteem
  • Dependability
  • Sensitivity and awareness
  • Willingness to give of oneself to others
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Flexibility