Join our volunteer group!

A unique opportunity for volunteers to contribute to the future of palliative care services.

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care is offering this unique opportunity for members of the public to help to shape the future of palliative care services across the island of Ireland.

Members of Voices4Care are:

  • People with an interest in palliative care
  • Carers or former carers of people with palliative care needs
  • People with a life limiting illness / palliative care needs.

As a Voices4Care member you will be offered different opportunities to share your views and experiences to inform and influence the work of those planning, researching, educating or providing palliative care. These opportunities may be:

  • giving your views on education programmes, for example providing feedback on training materials or courses
  • helping to identify areas for research and advising researchers with their projects
  • helping to develop palliative care policy, for example by joining steering committees

You can contribute as much or as little time as you are able to do so. Find out more by downloading and reading our Guidance for Applicants.

How to get involved? Express your interest by Sunday 16 June 2024.

Download and fill the Expression of Interest or

Fill out the online form or

Leave us a voice note at +353 (0) 871961430 with your name and contact details and we’ll get back to you.

If you have any questions, please email Paula Pinto, Programme Manager, at or alternatively call +353 (0) 871961430.

Read what our members have to say about Voices4Care:

‘During this time I have been privileged to work through some very emotive and challenging issues with a group of individuals from a range of backgrounds and personal experience of palliative and end-of-life care.  Some members came from health or voluntary sector backgrounds, some were receiving palliative care services themselves, and some, like myself, had helped care for those we loved facing end-of-life.  We have learned from and supported each other as we worked through and shaped many proposals and initiatives for change guided by professionals who were keen to hear our views, even when this made uncomfortable listening.  We are all agreed that the patient must be kept first and foremost in the development of any policies or guidance which often focus on what professionals need as opposed to what the patient wants or needs.  Members’ views were reflected in the Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in Northern Ireland launched in October 2022.’

Voices4Care member

‘…being able to contribute opinion and experience rather than physical effort, being part of the positive change for the future, are among the benefits to me.   I’ve learned so much about how our system works in this country, and the many wonderful efforts made to ensure that services are always improving.  Making new friends also, as it’s a very inclusive, positive, environment that feels like family, everyone is valued.’

Voices4Care member