The Western Sydney Supportive Care Volunteer Service celebrated their first anniversary since it’s inception with the number of dedicated volunteers expanding from 17 to 44 people.
The volunteers work across three sites including Blacktown Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Mount Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, providing companionship, a friendly ear, respite for carers and emotional and practical support for patients with a life-limiting illness.
The volunteers and staff were joined by representatives from the Cancer Council and Palliative Care NSW to enjoy a morning tea celebration and cake. Service certificates to highlight their first full year of volunteering were handed out..
Two volunteers shared their experiences about volunteering within the Palliative Care service. Tina, who is currently undertaking Paramedic Training, has found it extremely rewarding, special and she loves seeing that what the volunteers do helps. Kaitlyn found her volunteering to be a wonderful experience and the friendships she has developed with other volunteers and staff is invaluable.
WSLHD Supportive and Palliative Care director Dr Sally Greenway said the District is fortunate to have a high calibre of people who provide supportive care for our most vulnerable patients.
“These volunteers have changed the tone and culture of our service,” said Sally.
“Our volunteers are an important part of our team and service and the difference they make is immense. They are compassionate, empathetic and dedicated to providing extra care with a commitment to facilitating our patient’s wishes and needs.”
A big thank you to all our Supportive Care Volunteers and congratulations on your first year of volunteering.
Volunteers are needed for this service at Blacktown and Westmead – please contact Kylie Clark on 0427 730 596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org