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Can you help us?

ParticipateRita Grealish

Volunteers play a major role at Galway Hospice and have done so since the establishment of the Hospice Home Care service in 1990 and the opening of the Inpatient Unit in 1997.  Initially the volunteers helped in the Fundraising Department where they were involved as Promoters of the Hospice Weekly Draw, the annual Sunflower Day, Hospice Coffee Morning and various fundraising events throughout each year.  Since the hospice building opened in 1997, volunteers have become involved in both clinical and non-clinical areas, helping with the care of patients, and supporting staff in many and varied ways.  Currently there are over 100 volunteers actively involved in supporting the services of Galway Hospice.  We could not do what we do, to the extent that we do it, without the support of these volunteers.

Currently, volunteers are involved in the following tasks at the Hospice every week:

  • Cover for Reception Staff
  • Drivers for Day Care
  • Companions for Day Care patients
  • Assistants for Arts & Crafts
  • Librarian
  • Care of Indoor Plants and Flowers
  • Hairdressers
  • Drivers for Fundraising Department
  • Painters
  • Musicians and Singers (Remembrance Evenings, Day Care Parties)
  • Stewarding at Events
  • Supporting Remembrance Services
  • Night Companions in the Inpatient Unit
  • Fundraising
  • Promoters of Weekly Draw
Why People Volunteer (based on feedback from our current volunteers):

  • To help a good cause by doing something meaningful and fulfilling
  • To be part of a team
  • To get a better balance in life
  • To help others
  • To “give something back”
  • To be challenged
  • To make a difference
  • To feel needed
  • To share with others
  • To learn a new skill
  • To support their local community
  • To cheer people up
  • To keep busy
  • To make a change
  • To make new friends
  • For fun
  • Because others are doing it

There are as many reasons to volunteer as there are people who volunteer. Volunteers come from all walks of life and from all age groups. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without even realising it. They come with a diverse range of life experiences and are loyal, committed contributors to the life of Galway Hospice.

However, sometimes people offer to provide services that we cannot accommodate.  For example, we regularly receive offers for services such as massage, reiki, and many forms of ‘healing’ therapies.  While we fully recognise the generous nature of these offers, we have a policy that all therapies provided directly to patients are fully evidence-based, are part of a multidisciplinary plan of care, referenced to the needs of the patient, administered by appropriately qualified staff members who are directly accountable to the team.  These types of services cannot be provided on a voluntary unregulated basis.

How you can help …

  • Become a support volunteer for our care and non-care service provision.  This could range from helping to give out patient meals at lunchtime, helping in Day Care, providing lunch-time cover at Reception, offering your particular skills in areas where they can be accommodated …
  • Become a Promoter of the Weekly Draw. The monies from this draw are used to fund our Home Care Team of Specialist Palliative Care Nurses who continuously care for and visit up to 150 patients a week in their own homes around the county.  Funds from this also support our Day Care Unit. For many this is a vital service as it may be the only social outing they have each week.
  • Become a Fundraising Volunteer.  Give us a little of your time to help us organise fundraising events, help with distribution of Sunflowers, organise a Coffee Morning and other special events which raise funds for us.
  • Become a Contact Person for us in your Orgainsation/Club/Workplace. This would be very valuable in fundraising i.e. helping to sell/distribute our Hospice Christmas Cards and organise sponsored golf events/walks/runs etc.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor (where appropriate). There are opportunities for your business / organisation to support the unique and essential care offered at Galway Hospice Foundation. We welcome any enquiries in this regard.


Or contact Rita Grealish, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 091 770868 or email