Deutscher Kinderhospizverein e.V.

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Volunteer work in an outpatient children‘s hospice service

Activity fields of the volunteer staff at children‘s hospice services

Guiding the whole familiy considering psycho-social aspects, from the day of the diagnostic until the child or youth has passed away.

Participation in the office work of outpatient children‘s hospice service.

Support activities of public relations.

Tasks for volunteers in a children‘s hospice service

3-4 months preparation training.

Accompany a family 3-4 hours per week.

To be available for the child suffering on a life shortening disease. To be an interluctor.

Release families by giving needful support in daily life.

Precise support of the children‘s hospice service

• • • Office work telephone duty writing letters of thanks for donations working at the computer; general office duties • • • Support in public relations plan, prepare, and perform events talk about their experiences, e.g. in schools or communities be a conversation partner for the regional press

The children‘s hospice service ist working with qualified and voluntary employees (1)

• • • Preparation training: 80 hours basic course; 20 hours advanced course Over a period of about 3-4 months Supervision and regular coaching sessions Basic information about children's hospice work and family systems.

Dealing with the topics of dying, death and grief, as well as the own finitude and mortality.

Diseases and age-related development of children.

The children‘s hospice service ist working with qualified and voluntary employees (2)

• Information about the special situation of the children themselves and their diseases.

e.g. long course of disease; loss of skills Information about the special situation of families with children suffering from life shortening diseases.

Counseling techniques Behaviour and assistance in crisis situations

Offers for the ill children

Volunteer staff • company joint activities, such as reading, playing games, or making excursions • just being there – to be on the child‘s or youth‘s side • being conversation partner • relieve the parents of everyday things

Offers for parents

Relief and spare time • • Conversations about difficult themes like illness, dying, death and grief burden, stress and strain Connect Exchange with other concerned parents.

Allow contact to inpatient hospices for children.

Informing in questions about the treatment of the symptoms, pain, or nutritional problems.

Offers for brothers and sisters

Volunteers accompany siblings e.g. helping with homework or coping with school problems, doing something together, playing and just having a good time A volunteer might be a confidential person, an interluctor (in addition to the parents).

Volunteers are prepared conversation partners in questions of having fears and being sad.

Volunteer work in an outpatient children‘s hospice service

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