Fulfilling the wishes of Palliative Care Patients


As a charitable trust Race for Life Trust (R4L) relies heavily on volunteers, sponsors and donations to deliver events and wish services. Whilst R4L welcomes volunteers interested in supporting our business, it is incumbent on us to ensure that volunteers themselves are suitable, trained and supported for a voluntary role with R4L. 

What is a Volunteer?
A volunteer is a person that works for free, donating their time, skills and experiences to provide services and support without any expectation of monetary reward or compensation for him or herself.

Role of a Volunteer:
A volunteer role is to support and assist R4L to deliver events and wish services to adults with a life limiting medical condition. R4L may utilise volunteers in a variety of ways across a variety of services and dependent on needs. This could be anything from administration through to supporting a patient during an event or wish service activity. Regardless of the way in which a volunteer is utilised, the underpinning philosophy is to support and act in the best interests of the patients and their family / whanau.

R4L have an obligation to ensure volunteers are of good repute and sound body and mind. Therefore, in order to be accepted as a volunteer, individuals will be taken through a selection and appointment process including satisfying security and reference checks. R4L may, at our discretion, accept volunteers where an individual is already a current registered volunteer with a hospice within New Zealand and has satisfied their selection and appointment process.

Individuals will need to submit a completed volunteer application form and consent to R4L conducting security and reference checks.

Selection and Appointment Process:
Selection and appointment is a staged process involving; Application; Assessments; and Reference, Character and Security Checks.

Individual’s applications will be assessed and applicants that have demonstrated skills and experiences that are relevant to R4L needs at the time of application may be progressed to interview. R4L may require applicants to participate in psychometric and / or other tests (eg. Spreadsheet, typing test).

Reference, Character and Security Checks:
Following assessments, and if an applicant is deemed suitable to progress to the next stage individuals will need to satisfy both a criminal conviction history and reference checks. This requires individuals to give consent for R4L to undertake checks and be the recipient of the information. Provided an individual has satisfied the selection process and checks they may be offered a volunteer appointment. It is important that individuals understand not receiving a volunteer appointment offer does not necessarily mean the individual failed in their assessment. There could be a number of reasons for this such as there are no vacancies at the time of application or R4L has sufficient numbers of active volunteer members. We will inform all individuals of the outcome of their application.

Volunteer Agreement:
The purpose of a Volunteer Agreement is to ensure individuals are aware of the framework in which they are required to operate whilst working with palliative care patients and their families. The agreement also represents the parameters in which R4L operates as a volunteer you will be required to agree to our volunteer terms and conditions. Individuals will not be permitted to commence with R4L until a signed agreement is in place.

Training and Induction:
R4L will arrange introductory training and induction for new volunteers prior to any volunteer assignments. It will be a requirement for all volunteers to complete and pass the introductory training. Alternatively, R4L may forgo the introductory training and induction and particularly where individuals can provide evidence an equivalent programme has recently been completed or the individual is currently a registered volunteer with a NZ hospice. R4L will offer refresher training / update sessions at least once per year.

Where possible we will facilitate volunteer assignments to where individual’s skills and experiences will give the most benefit to patients however, volunteers must be prepared consider assignments that cover a broad spectrum of activities, (eg. administration or picking up a patient and their family and transporting them to where the wish service will be delivered). Individuals are under no obligation to accept a volunteer assignment.