Despite the COVID-19 shutdown the Grenfell Palliative Care Volunteers program passed its first milestone, having been run in the town for a year.
The Grenfell service is one of five palliative care volunteer services recently established throughout Western NSW, the others being located in Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange and Coonabarabran.
March 23, 2020 marked the first anniversary of Grenfell Palliative Care Volunteer Service, however with the current COVID-19 restrictions this passed without being celebrated.
The Grenfell Palliative Care Volunteers are a dedicated, hardworking team of locals from Grenfell and surrounding villages, and their support has proven too been invaluable for many in the community.
The primary purpose of the volunteers is to support people with a life-limiting illness and their carers, as well as those suffering the effects of social isolation not only due to COVID-19 but in general.
During COVID-19 restrictions, the volunteer group has not been able to provide the face to face support they had been able to prior to the pandemic, however they have been providing support over the telephone with patients and carers, to ensure that those people in need are not forgotten.
Once restrictions are eased, the Palliative Care Volunteers will once again be able to offer face to face, in person support for those in the community who need support and all the volunteers are very eager to get back to it and do so.
People receiving palliative or end of life care will have the option of receiving social support from volunteers in Grenfell and surrounding villages of the Weddin Shire Council area.
Read the full story here as reported by Denise Makin to The Grenfell Record.
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