’This book is aimed at anyone with an interest in volunteering in hospice and palliative care’
Title: The changing face of volunteering in hospice and palliative care. An international perspective
Edited by: Ros Scott and Steven Howlett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, operational lead for Walsall and Inpatient Services, St Giles Hospice
What was it like?
This is a textbook aiming to explore the complexities of volunteering in hospice and palliative care. It looks at volunteering in different countries and discusses why movement of volunteering is changing.
What were the highlights?
It is a well written and laid out book. It has a wide range of contributors from different areas and disciplines, which adds to the wealth of topics discussed. The book also looks at volunteering in different countries and reflects their different approaches. While a vast amount is written about volunteering in hospice and palliative care my particular favourite chapter is volunteering and community. This chapter focuses on the models of volunteers in communities and discusses the start of social movements. This chapter is essential for anyone with a passion for extending hospice and palliative care.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is well laid out and written in an easy to use manner. It begins with setting the scene of volunteering and the modern context of hospice and palliative care. The book is well referenced and covers a range of topics making for a balanced and thought provoking read.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at anyone with an interest in volunteering in hospice and palliative care. It would be useful for professionals involved with managing volunteers and who have an interest in looking at how we use volunteers in the context of hospice and palliative care.
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