The second cohort of Broken Hill Community Palliative Care Volunteers has completed the 25-hour Induction Training Program to prepare them for volunteering in the Broken Hill community. Four new volunteers will join the existing Community Palliative Care volunteer team who have been volunteering in the community since 2018. The volunteers received training and education from our multidisciplinary Palliative Care Team and related services. The training incorporated resources from the NSW Volunteer Support Program hosted by Palliative Care NSW.
Janet Pearce, Community Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator “The volunteers are all excellent listeners, warm, empathetic and compassionate people with a strong commitment to volunteering with palliative care services”. Janet said, “We celebrated the completion of training with a formal presentation of certificates and a cake to welcome them to the Palliative Care team”.
Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer and Palliative Care Services in Far West LHD congratulated the small but dedicated team of volunteers on completion of their training and offered her thanks to the NSW Ministry of Health for funding the Volunteer Coordinator position that saw this service come to fruition. “I also wish to thank Janet Pearce for her wonderful work in ensuring this service is grounded on a solid foundation and comprehensive volunteer training, Melissa said”.
Pic: The four new Volunteers are surrounded by the Specialist Palliative Care Team and a couple of current volunteers. New volunteers are Centre Front: Bruce Welburn, Anne Mullins, Marilyn Johns and Carol Rowlands. Janet Pearce Volunteer Coordinator is next to Carol.