Volunteer Opportunities

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We are delighted to announce that, within the next few months, we hope to be in a position to open the Mayo Hospice (Castlebar) which will operate under the governance of the Galway Hospice Foundation.  This facility has been developed by Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation as a result of the great support received from the people of Mayo and Roscommon.  We are delighted to be now partnering with the HSE and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation to open the new hospice in Castlebar.


The Galway Hospice Foundation has a long history of providing high quality specialist palliative care services to adults and children with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses throughout Galway city and county, and on the adjoining islands.


Volunteer Positions


Our volunteers are part of the Hospice family, and every single one has something unique to offer in time and talents. Most of our roles ask you to give between two and four hours each week, but we can also welcome you on an ad-hoc basis. We are now seeking Volunteers with experience in the following roles:


  • Receptionists
  • Drivers
  • Facilities/Maintenance


Please also feel free to submit expressions of interest for additional roles that will arise in the near future (e.g. hairdressing, therapists, gardening, administrators, evening drinks round, lunch round, etc.).


Garda Vetting and References will be required and for further information, please log on to www.galwayhospice.ie/the-charity/volunteer


Closing date for receipt of all applications is 2.00 p.m. Thursday, 27th November 2020


Please contact Pauline McDonagh, Volunteer Co-ordinator at pmcdonagh@galwayhospice.ie for a detailed description and Application Form.

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As an In-patient Unit Volunteer you will play a vital role in assisting the IPU (In-Patient Unit) staff with the delivery of individual lunches to patients and informing staff that patient lunches have arrived if they require assistance with meals. You will also have the opportunity to assist in the following areas:


  • Refresh patients’ water jugs
  • Chat with patients where appropriate 
  • Complete lunch order sheet fully and give to Chef
  • Provide soup/tea round as required prior to lunch
  • Assist in providing a safe and pleasant environment.
  • Collecting menus from reception and taking orders for lunch and evening tea if possible from each patient


We will offer training and support, and you will meet lots of new people while working as part of a team of dedicated staff and volunteers.


To apply follow the guidelines provided here.

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The Receptionist is the person who primarily deals with callers as they come through the front door. As first impressions can last, it is important that the Receptionist greets each caller on arrival and seeks to help the caller in whatever way he/she can and always in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.

We look for people who enjoy meeting people and can give a warm welcome to people who come into the Galway Hospice Foundation or call on the telephone making enquiries, you will also have the opportunity to assist with light clerical duties, while keeping the environment tidy and safe.


To apply follow the guidelines provided here.

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Day Care volunteers play a vital role in making every patient feel welcome from when they arrive at the Galway Hospice on Tuesdays & Wednesdays until they are going home. 

Being a Day care volunteer you are involved and responsible for: 

  • Greeting patients and make them feel welcome.
  • Chatting with patients and Assist in providing a safe and pleasant environment.
  • Sitting with patients to talk and listen to stories, we always put more emphasis on listening.
  • You maybe get the opportunity to facilitate games e.g. bingo, in the afternoon.
  • You will also be involved in assisting patients to the dining room and helping serve lunch and have lunch with the group whenever possible.


To apply follow the guidelines provided here.