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About Us


HOW Do We Help?


Following the WHO guidelines, the Hospice NZ Palliative Care Strategy and the NZ Cancer Society Palliative Care Strategy, Amitabha Hospice offers free practical support and compassionate companionship from the time a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or condition.

Our Support Companions offer free support by being:

  • Able to provide some practical support where appropriate, e.g. shopping, outings, teaching relaxation and meditation techniques.

  • A reliever for the usual caregiver or family member, to enable them to have ‘time out’ to rest, work, do errands or just take a break.

  • A regular dependable visitor to talk to and connect with.

  • A companion and caring supporter for those with progressive illness throughout Auckland.

  • A dedicated friend with listening skills, enabling individuals to express their concerns and feelings and find their own meaning.

WHY Volunteer?


The benefits are many:

  • Your offer of time and support may be the deciding factor in enabling a family to keep their loved one at home where they can receive quality support in a familiar environment.

  • You will become part of a friendly supportive team. You will enrich your personal development.

  • You will learn practical skills, that you can use to help your family and friends.

  • You will meet some memorable and inspiring people.

  • It’s an easy way to give valuable help to your community and personally deeply rewarding.

"Caring For Families With

Love and Integrity"

Qualities WE LOOK for:

  • Good mental and physical health.

  • Strong motivation for wanting to work with Amitabha Hospice Service.

  • Genuine altruistic caring for people.

  • Non-judgmental attitude and respect for others' beliefs.

  • Good communication and listening skills.

  • Ability to respect confidences and privacy.

  • Willingness to learn, to accept guidance and to work as a team member.

  • Emotional maturity and an ability to cope with people experiencing suffering.

  • Dependability, flexibility, honesty.

  • A sense of humour.

  • A healthy attitude toward one’s mortality.

  • A source of spiritual & emotional support in one’s life.

  • Can offer aprox 2-4 hrs per week (preferably weekdays) for at least 12 months

Please READ all the IMPORTANT details on the Training Course page before you apply. 

The safety and happiness of our volunteers and clients are most important to us.

We Need Your Support Today!

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