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Volunteer Training Programme in Palliative Care

Subject: The basic principles of palliative care and volunteering.

Experience: Nearly every year since 2011 we have organised training seminars for those wishing to become volunteers.

Who is it for? Anyone who wishes to become part of the “Galilee’s” volunteer team, irrespective of their previous training or experience.

Aims of the programme:

  • Participants learn about palliative care and share their knowledge and awareness within their local community.
  • Participants learn the significance and imlementation of palliative care, as well as the roles and responsibilities of Galilee’s volunteers
  • Participants learn about the work of “Galilee”and and the needs of the patients in order to gradually prepare them for their role as part of a team.
  • Participants develop key skills needed in a volunteer role through interactive training.

Course location: Galilee Palliative Care Centre Events Hall, 23 Agiou Dimitriou Street, Spata

Dates and times: 13 training meetings lasting 3 hours, usually on Wednesdays, between October and June, 4-7pm

Trainers: Galilee Palliative Care Centre professionals and experts in palliative care, Athens University nursing professors, members of the interdisciplinary team, including experienced volunteers.

Course overview:

  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Galilee’s work and how it is organised
  • The role of volunteers in palliative care
  • Communication skills
  • Basic medicine and nursing: cancer and its symptoms, ALS, protection from infection, first aid
  • Patient psychology
  • Spiritual care
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Death and impending death
  • Self-care for volunteers and teamwork with our interdisciplinary team

Cost: Free

The training of volunteers is ongoing.  After the completion of the 40-hour training programme, we hold three 3-hour seminars per year for the continuing education of our volunteers on subjects related to palliative care.

For more information call us on 210-6635955 (Extension 15) or email us at