Joining forces with the wonderful 38 palliative care volunteers already working with us, this dramatic increase in numbers means – for the very first time – we can start providing the services of our SWH South Western Regional Palliative Care Service further afield. In fact, one of today’s graduates is booked to start spending time with a patient living the other side of Camperdown, next week.
This new group of volunteers willing to give their time, energy, expertise and life experience come from Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite. They’ll help us provide social support for patients (and their carers and families) choosing to remain at home with their life-limiting illness/es.
SWH South Western Regional Palliative Care Service nurse consultant/coordinator Andrea Janes has led this incredibly successful recruitment drive to find, and train, more palliative care volunteers. Next month the number will increase, again, when another 15 complete their training. (This will take our entire registered volunteer workforce to 335. Amazing.)
image > acting volunteers coordinator Julie Evans (top left), Andrea Janes (top right) and director of nursing Julianne Clift (bottom right) with our newest volunteers.