The Eurobodalla Palliative Care Volunteer Service is calling for men and women over the
age of 18 from across the region including: Batemans Bay, Moruya, Tuross, Narooma and
Tilba areas to volunteer for their community.
Palliative care volunteers give support by phone, video calls or by visiting people in their
homes or place of residence, when a life is limited due to an incurable illness.
“Demand for palliative care in the home and in aged care is increasing. Volunteers are
needed from our community to support people, their family, and their carers as they deal
with what is a difficult stage of their lives,” said Fiona Sivyer, Project Officer of the Consumer
and Carer Relief at End of Life (CCREOL) Project, which is a collaboration between
Palliative Care NSW, Southern NSW Local Health District and COORDINARE, with the aim
of establishing local palliative care volunteer services across Southern NSW.
Death and dying, end-of-life, and palliative care can be difficult and sometimes confronting
topics. The volunteer’s role involves supporting people along the way, as they grapple with
these sensitive subjects. “Our volunteers provide one-on-one meaningful social support to
clients, their family, and carers. It‘s about maintaining the best quality of life until death”.
They also provide much needed carer respite. “Carers might want volunteer support so they
can have few hours break each week. They might want a volunteer to stay with their loved
one while they go have a shower or get to an appointment for example without worrying
about leaving their loved one alone,” Ms Sivyer explained.
“Having additional volunteer support means that carers can practice a little bit of self-care.
It’s the little things that can make a big difference.”
We are encouraging members of the community who would like to become a palliative care
volunteer to get in touch and become part of the program. Eurobodalla Palliative Care
Volunteer Dinah Lightfoot tells us it is a very special stage of life to be involved in.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be asked to be part of someone’s final stages of their life. The
role of a palliative care volunteer isn’t for everyone, there is a lot of listening to be done and
waiting for the right opportunities to help in a way that is right for the person and the family”
Palliative care volunteers come from diverse backgrounds. No qualifications or specific
experience are necessary for this role, and life experiences, excellent listening skills and
compassion are enormously beneficial.
“Working in palliative care is one of the most rewarding volunteer choices anyone can
make. Not only does it make a huge difference to the person who is dying and their family,
but also to the volunteer's own life. Volunteers learn to cherish each day, listen deeply and value life as a precious gift.”
Restrictions imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic have left many clients and carers,
especially within in aged care facilities, feeling isolated and lonely. It has also forced services to reimagine how they can best provide social support whilst maintaining social distancing protocols. One solution is to use communication technologies to foster connections, but this can only work if everyone is comfortable working with the equipment and software required.
“With this in mind we are also calling for people to volunteer for IT support positions –
people who could assist volunteers, clients and carers to use a variety of communication
technologies, equipment and software.”
“This will enable many of the Community-based Volunteers to continue safely supporting
clients and carers if greater restrictions are need to be brought back into an area”, said Ms
Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training, ongoing support, and supervision.
Volunteers will be bound by professional ethics of confidentiality and must obtain mandatory security checks.
For an Application Packs and further information contact Renata Sheehan, Community
Engagement Manager on 0477 322 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Palliative Care Facts
What is palliative care?
Palliative Care is specialised health care which looks after people whose illness
is not curable. This is an illness that will eventually end life. It aims to give comfort
and support by managing pain and other symptoms so people can live life as well
Palliative Care considers the needs of the ‘whole’ person, including physical,
emotional, social, and spiritual needs. It also includes the support of carers and
families. Palliative care is not used to end life.
Palliative care services referrals are available through the Southern NSW Local
Health District Central Intake Service - 1800 999 880.
Palliative care can be provided at home, in residential aged care and in the
Southern NSW Local Health District facilities by families, GPs, non-government
care providers, community nurses and hospital staff.