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Volunteers farewell Parkes palliative care coordinator

Recently retired coordinator of palliative care volunteers in Parkes was farewelled at an evening event last night.

Kitty Dwyer volunteered her time for years with Parkes Neighbourhood Central, and was grateful for the efforts of the volunteers in offering support to the Parkes community.

“There is so much we can give by accompanying these families on their journey”, Kitty said, “Everyone is different”.

“We’ve got lots of stories (about the work of the volunteers), I’m just amazed at some of our team, they just go in and settle in with a new family, even though they’ve never met them before, by just being themselves and being present…”

Kitty’s unpaid role involved supporting the palliative care volunteers and coordinating their activies in liaison with the local CNS Bernadette Orange. Long serving volunteer Tony Fisher has now taken on the volunteer coordination role.

Kitty’s farewell was part of the recent Palliative Care conference held in Parkes and organised by the palliative care volunteers.

In Parkes the volunteers provide support at home, in local hospitals and may also support people in aged care facilities. Click here for more information.

Pic: Kitty Dwyer (R) with Parkes Palliative Care CNS Bernadette Orange

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