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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care$
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Ros Scott and Steven Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788270.001.0001

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Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in the United Kingdom

Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in the United Kingdom

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(p.28) Chapter 3 Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in the United Kingdom
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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care
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Ros Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788270.003.0003

This chapter explores the history of volunteers in the founding and development of United Kingdom (UK) hospice services. It considers the changing role and influences of volunteering on services at different stages of development. Evidence suggests that voluntary sector hospice and palliative care services are dependent on volunteers for the range and quality of services delivered. Within such services, volunteer trustees carry significant responsibility for the strategic direction of the organiszation. Others are engaged in diverse roles ranging from the direct support of patient and families to public education and fundraising. The scope of these different roles is explored before considering the range of management models and approaches to training. This chapter also considers the direct and indirect impact on volunteering of changing palliative care, societal, political, and legislative contexts. It concludes by exploring how and why the sector is changing in the UK and considering the growing autonomy of volunteers within the sector.

Keywords:   volunteers, volunteering, hospice, palliative care, volunteer roles, management, training, change

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