“So many volunteer programs in specialised areas such as this are less than effective due to lack of knowledge around providing the best possible experience for volunteers in the initial engagement process. This manual lays it out so clearly that even the newest person embarking on the journey to creating a robust and high functioning Spiritual Care Volunteer team, has every advantage to do so successfully” (Volunteer Program Manager)
The Meaningful Ageing Australia Leader’s Guide to Running an Effective Spiritual Care Volunteer Program is designed to provide aged care organisations with foundational information to set up, manage and maintain a high quality Spiritual Care Volunteer program.
Running a Spiritual Care Volunteer Program means you organisation can provide your community clients and aged care residents with additional spiritual care support. Through the program, clients and residents are provided with opportunities to share their spiritual journey and be supported by the compassionate presence of a skilled volunteer. This individual support, which attends to the unique spiritual needs of those in your care, is one part of the holistic care your organisation provides.
This Guide had its origins in material created by BaptistCare NSW & ACT. The contents have been informed by the experience of Meaningful Ageing Australia staff in establishing spiritual care volunteer programs, as well as published literature, and input from our members.
These templates and forms assist in running an effective spiritual care volunteer program.