Our incredible volunteers are a core part of the care team at EPC. They generously offer thousands of hours each month to support people and families living with terminal illness across Melbourne’s eastern region.

They bring compassion and heart to the community, in roles that are not always easy. We couldn’t do it without them.

Meet some of the team here.

Carol’s Story

Team: Biography, Palliative Paws & Ambassador I was on the verge of retiring from teaching when my husband, Norm, had a cardiac arrest.  We had been planning to retire together, do the grey nomad treks and so many other things.  All of a sudden I became a carer for him and had to watch him […]

Helen’s Story

Team: Bereavement and Biography I have always been a very energetic person and loved working. As my professional life began to wind down I started looking for some meaningful work to fill the gap. After some research into volunteering, I came to the realisation that a lot of organisations required set days and times which […]

Jan’s Story

Team: Administration My friend went through the difficult experience of her husband dying.  She told me how supportive EPC had been for them through that time. I trained as a nurse in NZ in the 80s and worked a lot in the Children’s Hospital.  I then had 2 boys and we owned our own business […]

Nicole’s Story

Team: Palliative Paws I have been a volunteer with EPC as part of the Palliative Paws program for just over a year. I know what a difference dogs can make to a person’s mental health and wellbeing, especially for the isolated elderly and unwell, so I jumped at the chance to be part of EPC […]

Chris’s Story

Team: Bereavement Information Sessions In planning a new direction in life on retirement I answered an ad in the local paper for volunteers to provide transport for Eastern Palliative Care. Completing the training over eight weeks was a good introduction to the coordinators & fellow trainees, all of whom seemed a lovely mob to do […]

Christine’s Story

Team: Biography When I retired from a corporate career, I first volunteered at Holmesglen TAFE helping migrants with their English and whilst that was interesting work, it didn’t offer the satisfaction and rewards that come with being a volunteer biographer at EPC. You see it’s not just the pleasure in meeting new people and learning […]

Ian’s Story

Team: Home Support & Transport In April 2009 I lost my wife Eleanor to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She was cared for by EPC.  What was I going to do with my life now? My three children were all married and had children of their own. The financial, legal, and personal affairs were in order, […]

Pauline’s Story

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER AS A VOLUNTEER WITH EPC 75 years – a great age – fit, healthy, younger husband – everything was looking really great and still working.  Retirement plans were looming, but what would I do? My usual exercise, gardening, walking etc. was not going to be enough to keep me busy. […]

Vishruti’s Story

Team: Biography  A beautiful summer morning saw me, a mum with three children make my way into the local library to collect some books. Little did I know that I was going to stumble and make it a part of the dance of my life. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the advertisement […]

Rosemary’s Story

Team: Biography  Retirement brings time to do interesting and worthwhile things. My role at EPC enables me to achieve this. I have always been interested in family histories. Over the years I had put together booklets about my family and forebears for both my husband’s and my own family, full of collected facts, stories and photos. […]

Dennis’s Story

Team: Transport and Palliative Paws What is your role at EPC? At the moment I’m volunteering at EPC in the areas of Transport and Palliative Paws (dog walking).  Dog walking usually takes about an hour per week while transport can be variable.  This week I had two transport sessions and both of them took about […]

Anne & Pam’s Stories

Team: Community Support What brought you to volunteer with EPC? Anne: I saw that EPC needed volunteers and thought oh, I’d like to do that! so I applied. I have a nursing background and knew the work wouldn’t faze me too much. Pam: Anne was telling me about EPC and, as I also am a […]