How to Volunteer:

Successful volunteering at The Hospice starts with an interest in helping others. The Dorothy Ley Hospice welcomes all interested volunteers who are at least 16 years of age and can provide us with a reference check. Volunteers who work directly with palliative individuals must be at least 21 years of age and must pass a police check. We need volunteers to help with: direct care support, In-home support, front desk, kitchen and meal preparation,  bereavement support, spiritual care, gardening, administration and fundraising.

.If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, please call (416) 626-0116 x 235 and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator or send us an e-mail.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our

Volunteer Application Form


The Dorothy Ley Hospice

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Training Program


All direct care support volunteers participate in a 30-hour training program. Training is offered three times a year and volunteers receive a certificate upon completion. The training provides:

  • a better understanding of death, dying, grief and loss issues

  • the hospice philosophy.

  • an understanding of medical management for caring for an individual living with a life-limiting illness. 

  • the psychological and social issues families deal with in the care of their dying loved one.


Volunteers who do not work directly with palliative individuals will be asked to participate in a general orientation training program.

In addition to this formal training, volunteers are able to participate in a variety of educational and support programs offered by the Hospice.​