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Palliative Care Family and Child Support - Various Suburbs - # 8529

  • Location: Across: Wollongong NSW, Randwick NSW, Kogarah NSW, Ashfield NSW, Bankstown NSW, Westmead NSW
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Health
  • Time Required

    2 - 4 hours per week, between 9am - 5pm, flexible Monday - Friday

  • Type of work
    • Childcare
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Disability Support
    • Driving & Transportation
  • Training

    An initial 2 days of training in Randwick to provide an overview of paediatric palliative care. In addition, several health related on-line education modules will need to be completed.

  • Reimbursement

    Mileage and tolls reimbursed.

  • Requirements
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

This organisation cares for thousands of children each year in hospitals and in their homes — with one purpose in mind — to help young people live their healthiest lives. In this role Family support volunteers are matched with a family who has a child with a life limiting illness. They are looking for volunteers who can commit to up to 4 hours a week visiting a family in their home and support by playing or reading to an unwell child or siblings, helping with light housework or assisting with outing to shops or medical appointments.


  • Volunteers need to have emotional maturity and not have had a recent history of loss or bereavement.
  • The ability to commit to the role for a period of at least 12 months
  • Be available during week days and have an open and flexible attitude.
  • Have a valid drivers licence, access to a car and a willingness to travel to their placement home.
  • Volunteers will need to have empathy, compassion, common sense, independence and tact.
  • The ability to work independently but within strict guidelines.

Volunteers are needed in different geographical areas of Sydney. In particular Westmead catchment area including Bankstown as well as Randwick and surrounding area and some regional areas in NSW. You will be joining a very special group of people.

In addition to criminal and working with children checks, a record of immunisation is requested. If this is not readily available, then a blood test will be undertaken. This is to protect the ill child from further complications.


  • Extremely rewarding and meaningful role building a trusting relationship with a family and helping in multiple ways which include practical and emotional elements.
  • Provides exposure to the realities of life for families who have a very ill child for those studying for medical or community jobs.

Volunteering NSW’s Volunteer Referral Service assists individuals to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills, location and time available to volunteer.

Please call (02) 9261 3600 between 10.00am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday to make a booking for a telephone interview to learn more about this opportunity, please note the 3 or 4 digit ref # within the Job Title for the volunteering positions that you are interested in.

Is this your first time volunteering or your first time volunteering in Australia? Attend Volunteering NSW’s Bridge to Volunteering information seminar held every Friday and discover what is volunteering, how to choose the right volunteer job, the benefits of volunteering and your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer. Please visit The Centre for Volunteering website to book online.