Hospice at HCS

Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers at Hospice at HCS are key members of the Hospice team and work in conjunction with hospice nurses, social workers, and spiritual counselors. Volunteers are supervised by our Volunteer Coordinator.

The volunteer’s role as part of the hospice team is an important one. They give freely of their time to be with the patient and family to provide respite for caregivers, emotional support, a listening ear, as well as run errands if needed.

Hospice Volunteer Training Programs

All volunteers participate in a 21-hour training program to assist in understanding the concerns and feelings patients and families experience during the hospice journey. Volunteer trainings are generally held in three hour sessions over seven weeks in the spring and fall.

Hospice training is offered at no charge. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Lorraine Bishop at 603-352-2253 or by email at lbishop@HCSservices.org.

Upcoming Training

Hospice Volunteer Training – Summer Intensive

June 26, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hospice Volunteer Training – Summer Intensive

June 27, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hospice Volunteer Training – Summer Intensive

June 28, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Castle Center Volunteer Services

Volunteers at the Castle Center Life Enrichment Program are key members of our team, creating a supportive, safe, and homey place for participants who need a little help during the day, as well as those with more complex needs. Volunteers work in conjunction with the Castle Center nurse, aides, and activity aides to offer a variety of activities for participants.

Castle Center Volunteer Orientation

Volunteers receive a brief orientation to become acquainted with the daily routine of the Castle Center and the needs of the participants.

For more information, email Mary Lucas, Castle Center Nurse Administrator, at mlucas@hcsservices.org.


Lorraine Bishop
Lorraine BishopHospice Volunteer Coordinator/Pet Peace of Mind Coordinator

Hospice at HCS Volunteer Coordinator/Pet Peace of Mind Coordinator

Lorraine Bishop began working with Hospice in 1992 as Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator in the Peterborough area. She then became Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for the entire HCS area in 2002. In 2013, at the suggestion of a hospice volunteer, she helped to develop the HCS role in Pet Peace of Mind, a national program to support the pets of hospice families.

Lorraine especially enjoys meeting, training, and working with the wonderful hospice volunteers who offer comfort and support to countless hospice patients and their families.