EAPC Charter for Volunteering

Through our involvement with the Association of Volunteer Service Managers, we have been asked to support the new 'Voice of Volunteering' - a Charter on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care. The charter has been developed by the Non Governmental Organisation, EAPC (European Association for Palliative Care) with contributions from organisations from at least 13 different countries around the world.

The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) are working together to advocate for the support, recognition, promotion and development of volunteering in hospice and palliative care through the implementation of this Charter with the following aims:

  • Promote the successful development of volunteering for the benefit of patients, families and the wider hospice and palliative care community.

  • Recognise volunteering as a third resource alongside professional care and family care, with its own identity, position and value.

  • Promote research and best practice models in the recruitment, management, support, integration, training and resourcing of volunteers.

By signing the Charter St Wilfrid's Hospice support the following goals:

  1. Recognition of the important role of volunteers in the total care of patients and their families, and in sustaining hospice and palliative care services.
  2. Promotion of volunteering in direct support of patients and their families.
  3. Effective management of volunteering, including clearly defined policy on roles, careful recruitment, selection, training and development.
  4. Effective support for hospice and palliative care volunteering at organisational, local and national levels.