Granite VNA is seeking volunteers and is ready to train them.

Volunteers are needed for kitchen assistance, companionship and respite, as well as reiki/massage therapists and hair stylists, to offer support to hospice patients in the Concord, Laconia and Wolfeboro areas.

The next eight-week training session is a combination of virtual and in-person meetings on Wednesdays starting Sept. 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Granite VNA, 30 Pillsbury St. in Concord.

Hospice volunteers assist with:

Offering caregiver respite;

Reading to hospice patients;

Holding a hand and lending a listening ear;

Running errands for hospice patients;

Cooking meals at Hospice House;

Providing pet therapy, music therapy and therapeutic arts;

Giving reiki, massage or therapeutic touch;

Assisting staff with office work (e.g. filings, mailings);

Facilitating grief support groups.

To join an informational session on July 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. or for more information, call 603-224-4093, ext. 2826 or e-mail lisa.challender@granitevna.org. You can also call 603-524-8444, ext. 2378 or e-mail randy.macdonald@granitevna.org.

The deadline to submit a volunteer application is Aug. 2.

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