Dinah Lightfoot has been offering support and carer respite as a palliative care volunteer for The Eurobodalla Palliative Care Volunteer Service for 15 years. Recently Dinah was interviewed by Southern NSW LHD who asked her to talk a little about her time spent volunteering.
“It’s a very special time,” Dinah said. “I think that we need to understand that we are very privileged to be allowed in that space. Volunteering is about giving the other person a gift, and it’s a gift that no one can take from them.”
The service has been in-between Volunteer Coordinators for a while and Dinah has offered to temporarily take up on the role while the service undergoes refreshment. She is currently looking for people who might like to join the service as a palliative care volunteer.
“It’s not for everybody,” she warns. “Your number one best quality is listening skills. You might make a cup of tea or go shopping, or take them for a drive.”
Volunteers must undergo appropriate training and checks before they can begin. The role includes providing social support and carer respite to people in the community receiving palliative care, their family and their carers.
If you are interested in volunteering for the role please contact Renata Sheehan on 0477 322 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.