Wagga Wagga Palliative Care Volunteers

  • by Volunteer Hub
  • April 13, 2015

Yvonne Field loves working with her Palliative Care Volunteers. “I really enjoy it, I’m really positive about it, I just wish we had more volunteers (to meet demand)”.

Based out of the Wagga Community and Nursing Services centre Yvonne supports about 18 volunteers. Some are more active than others, but each volunteer is asked to contribute about 4 hours per week.

Yvonne has 5 days a fortnight as Volunteer Manager, and during the balance of her week she is a Community Nurse. Most of the focus of the volunteer service is on community and home visits, so her role as a Community Nurse helps with referrals and supporting volunteers.

When a community client is referred to the Volunteer Service Yvonne has adopted a practice of assigning a 2-volunteer team to each client. Only one volunteer visits the client at a time, and between them the 2 volunteers manage their availability to maximise benefit and minimise disruption to the client.  

“There might be a period when one volunteer is away on holidays for a week or two, or can’t make their support hours for family reasons, and by having a second person they can work out the cover between them.”

Possibly because of the community-focus of her volunteers Yvonne found that many of the volunteers didn’t know each other, so the monthly meeting is an opportunity for the volunteer group to chat over a cuppa. “This has become as important as the guest speaker”, said Yvonne.

With a new hospital well underway in Wagga there are new opportunities on the horizon for Palliative Care Volunteering. Yvonne is planning her next training course for new Volunteers in June 2015.

Picture courtesy of the Daily Advertiser, from Left – Steve Sutherland, Yvonne Field, Jenny Gorrel and Vicki Morris

Upcoming Events

NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteer Services – December meeting & Christmas lunch
  • DECEMBER 7, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteer Services – December meeting & Christmas lunch

The role of the Network is to ensure best practice for NSW Managers of Pall...

Read more

Become a member of Palliative Care NSW

Palliative Care New South Wales is the peak body in NSW representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care. Palliative Care New South Wales is a member of the national peak body Palliative Care Australia.

Join today and receive discounts, benefits and more!
Special member rate available for volunteers.

Subscribe to our eNews

Be the first to know our latest new, events, and research!