Volunteers FAQ

A volunteer is someone who offers his/her services of his/her own free will without expecting remuneration. Volunteers complement, not supplement, paid staff.

Volunteers represent the outside community to our patients and residents while also bringing the message of Milford to the outside community.

Volunteers come from all walks of life; some people bring a lifetime’s experience, whilst for others Milford Care Centre can be a useful stepping stone to a rewarding career.  Anyone over the age of 18 can become a volunteer.

Second-level and third-level students also complete work placements during the academic year.

Volunteer Application Form

There are three categories of volunteers:

General Volunteers

General Volunteers assist in the Hospice, Nursing Home, Day Care Centre, Library and Gardens.

Volunteers provide a comprehensive service in the provision of non-essential care.

Volunteers assist in enhancing the lives of patients and residents in whatever way they can.  Sometimes, this is by just being there – to listen, remember, empathise, understand and talk.

Volunteers’ individual talents are recognised and they are deployed in the area that best suits them.

Volunteer duties include:

  • Escorting residents to/from Mass/dining room
  • Sacristan duties
  • Entertainment
  • Aperitif round in the hospice
  • Accompanying patients for appointments
  • Patient plant & flower care
  • Occasional bus drivers
  • Complementary therapists
  • Computer classes
  • Assisting in hair salon
  • Assisting in art/horticulture classes
  • Maintaining courtyard & sensory garden
  • Library book round
  • Hand & nail care
  • Irish Therapy Dogs Programme

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete an application form and return it to the Volunteer Co-ordinator.  You might also like to look at the How to Become a Volunteer page.

Application Form (Word)

Application Form (PDF Shop Volunteer form)

Application Form for Charity Shop Volunteers (Word)

Application Form for Charity Shop Volunteers (PDF Shop Volunteer form)

Garda Vetting Form (PDF)

Bereavement Volunteers

Bereavement Volunteers support the Social Work Department in the provision of a range of services aimed at supporting bereaved people.

The two areas of work the Bereavement Volunteers are currently involved in are:

  • Facilitation of Bereavement Support Groups for adults who are grieving the death of their spouse, their parent or their child.
  • Facilitation of monthly Drop-in Support Group for Bereaved Spouses.

In their role as group facilitators, bereavement volunteers draw on their knowledge and understanding of the process of grief and demonstrate their capacity to be empathic towards others who are grieving.  The volunteers utilise their listening and group facilitation skills to create an atmosphere of warmth and understanding in a place to which bereaved people come to share their experience of loss with others who understand.

If you would like further information on volunteering with the Bereavement Service please contact the Social Work Department during office hours on 061 485 800.

Fundraising Volunteers

There are so many ways you can help; corporate volunteering is a great opportunity for staff to volunteer together outside the work place and as part of team building efforts.

By giving just a little of your time there are so many different ways to help, for instance Milford Fair Hospice Fund Day, volunteering as a traffic steward for Light up a Memory night, or selling Sunflowers on Sunflower Days.

Whether it’s fundraising with colleagues in your workplace, providing administrative support in our office or joining the vibrant volunteer team in the Hospice, we’ll help you find the right opportunity to suit your interests and time commitments.

We are always interested to hear from people who are willing to share their specialist skills and professional experience.  We would love to hear from you – please contact our Fundraising Department on +353 61 485 860 or e-mail: fundraising@milfordcarecentre.ie.

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