BENNINGTON - VNA & Hospice of SVHC will begin a nine-week training session on Tuesday, March 19, for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer.

Participants will meet at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at. The course is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attending the training does not obligate you to volunteer.

The goal of the training is to help define the role of a hospice volunteer. It covers the history and philosophy of hospice, team building, help with communicating effectively, bereavement, and concepts of spirituality.

After the training, hospice volunteers can fill a variety of roles at VNA & Hospice of SVHC.

There are opportunities to do administrative work such as helping with mailings, copying, or other office work or you can volunteer to be involved in hospice patient care. Volunteers perform tasks such as staying with a patient so the family can take a break, providing companionship to hospice patients and their caregivers, assisting hospice patients and their families with meals, and offering bereavement support.

For more information, or to register for the training, call Mary Pleasant at (802) 442-5502.