Mary Potter Hospice’s companion service aims to enrich the quality of life of Hospice patients living in the community.
Our free-of-charge companion service is provided by trained and police-vetted Community Companion Volunteers who are co-ordinated and supported by Hospice staff.
The Volunteer Companions come from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. They all make themselves available to spend time with patients, which gives relief to the patient and their family, whānau or carer.
Community Companion Volunteers can:
- Talk with you about what you would like to do
- Spend time with you at home
- Take you out to do an errand or to enjoy some time away from home
- Give your carer a chance to have a short break
- Give you a compassionate, confidential and neutral person to be with
- Give your family or whānau some peace of mind knowing you have someone else to talk to
- Explore activities that are important to you
- Just sit with you quietly.
If you would like more information about the companion service, please speak to a Hospice staff member.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Companion Volunteer, please contact:
Imelda Coleman – Community Volunteer Lead, email Imelda.Coleman@marypotter.org.nz