We have considerable human capital at our disposal: a team of volunteers.
With them, we integrate the traditions of care for the dying which have been lost with the medicalization of the end of life. To this day, in many countries, the whole community participates by supporting the family and the dying during the last days and beyond. In the past, it happened here as well. This know-how exists deep within al of us and only needs to be encouraged!
Our well-trained volunteers create a community of spirit and share a holistic vision of life and death, partly developed during their training. Most of them make this engagement because they also receive something essential for their own life. The dying familiarise us with unknown territories of life's mystery.
Delicious organic vegetables are cultivated in the garden by a dedicated team of volunteers
The motivation of the volunteers is strong; expressed through reliability and responsibility. They commit themselves over a period of time, to devote a few hours a week or more to La Maison de Tara. In the interim they are easily able to recharge their batteries and not suffer from burnout. Due to the urgency of the situation for residents and families, they are acutely aware of the importance of their presence. And when they are present, they give of their best.
The volunteers belong to various professions and have accumulated multiple life experiences and skills which they bring to effective functioning of La Maison de Tara. At present they number more than 100, representing 15 different nationalities and speaking a wide range of languages.
There are regular cycles of training which enable new volunteers to join the team. For those who have completed the basic training, on going training is provided. A psychological support team is available to aid the volunteers through discussion groups or individually.