Ahead of the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, here’s another post from congress contributors . . .
Inspired by the diversity of the work of volunteers across Europe, members of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care set themselves a challenge to further develop volunteering. Ros Scott and Leena Pelttari, Co-chairs of the EAPC task force, explain how you can support the challenge by signing the Charter.
We’re proud and pleased to announce the launch of the EAPC Madrid Charter on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care at the 15th EAPC World Congress in Madrid in May. You can be one of the first people to read and sign the Charter here.
There is no doubt that in the EAPC Task Force on Volunteering we are passionate about the unique and important role of volunteers in hospice and palliative care. Since coming together in December 2013 as a task force, it has been a great privilege to spend time exploring many aspects of volunteering, to learn about and to be inspired by the diversity of the work that is undertaken by volunteers across Europe.
One challenge that we set ourselves at the outset was to influence the further development of volunteering in hospice and palliative care. We felt that the best way to do this was to develop a Charter and this has been a labour of love – with many debates and challenges – during the past three years.
We are delighted that ‘Voice of Volunteering’ – The EAPC Madrid Charter on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care – has been adopted by the EAPC Board and will be launched as an EAPC Charter at the Congress in Madrid in May 2017!
The aims of the Charter are to:
- Promote the successful development of volunteering for the benefit of patients, families and the wider hospice and palliative care community.
- Recognise volunteering as a third resource alongside professional care and family care, with its own identity, position and value.
- Promote research and best practice models in the recruitment, management, support, integration, training and resourcing of volunteers.
We hope that it will challenge everyone with an interest in hospice and palliative care to:
- Recognise the important role of volunteers in the total care of patients and their families, and in sustaining hospice and palliative care services.
- Promote volunteering in support of patients and their families.
- Ensure effective management of volunteering, including clearly defined policy on roles, careful recruitment, selection, training and development.
- Ensure effective support for hospice and palliative care volunteering at organisational, local and national levels.
How we developed the Charter
The Charter was informed by a series of meetings and consultations. Information and opinions were gathered from delegates at an EAPC-symposium on hospice and palliative care volunteering in Prague (May 2013). More information was collected through consultation workshops on draft versions of the Charter at congresses in Vienna (April 2015), Copenhagen (May 2015) and Dublin (June 2016). Email consultation also took place with researchers, volunteer and staff representatives and EAPC Board members. People from at least 13 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and UK) have contributed to and helped to shape the Charter. More information on the development of the charter can be found on the web page below.
We hope that you will show your support for volunteering by signing the Charter here.
Please come and visit our stand at the EAPC Congress and join our Open Task Force discussion on the Charter on Thursday 18 May 16.30-18.15, room N111. And please don’t miss our session at the Closing Plenary on Saturday 20 May when the Charter will be officially launched. View the 15th EAPC World Congress programme here.
- Sign the Charter here.
- European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care.
- Download a copy of the EAPC white paper: Defining volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Europe.
- Read more posts on the EAPC Blog from the Task Force on Volunteering.
- Read more posts on the EAPC Blog about the Madrid Congress.