Southern Adelaide Palliative Services’ Volunteers are specially trained to provide support for people being cared for in the Laurel Hospice or in their homes and through bereavement.

The Laurel Hospice offers a homely atmosphere and volunteers are available to sit with patients, help them write letters, offer a listening ear, provide caring touch in the form of simple massage, and support relatives and visitors to Daw House.

Volunteers in the community provide respite in the clients own home to allow the carer (who may be a family member such as a spouse, parent, child or family friend) some ‘time-out’ or help with attending appointments and shopping. Each volunteer is assigned to one client who they visit weekly and this creates an opportunity for companionship and trust to develop.


Qualified therapists in a range of complementary therapies, for example, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Bowen, Alexander and Myofascial release, can volunteer on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Complementary therapies are offered to clients, their carers and family members. This is a great way for therapists to expand their experience and knowledge of palliative care.

Another component of complementary therapies is the Art Program. Volunteers assist the Art Program Coordinator on a Tuesday afternoon to offer art activities as a form of therapy. You do not need to be an artist to participate – you do need patience, active listening skills and an ability to be flexible in the way you work.


Tertiary qualified counsellors volunteer their time to support people experiencing grief and loss after the death of a loved one. This is provided through one on one counselling, group support, educational sessions and memorial services.


This is a vital role for innovative volunteers who either have experience or wish to develop skills and experience in fundraising, promotion and coordination of events.


Volunteer Services has volunteers who assist in the office and with special projects. This role may include administrative tasks such as typing, filing, photocopying and data management.

Volunteers also assist by participating in planning groups or promotional activities such as planning events for National Volunteer Week or speaking at community venues to promote the work done by SAPS volunteers.

You can become involved in these highly valued services by donating your time and skill. For more information click here (PDF brochure)

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