GV Hospice supports and encourages many volunteer roles throughout Greater Shepparton and they also acknowledge that without the generosity and contribution of these people, their services would not be the same. Volunteering opportunities are varied and include patient care volunteers, roles at the opportunity shop, positions on the committee of management and fundraising.
Palliative care patient volunteers (Rob, Marija, and Lynne) have all been volunteering within their unique roles for 20+ years. Their reasons for getting into such giving positions were also similar. They all described a feeling that was like ‘someone calling them’ to reach out and help other people in need, including providing additional care to the loved ones who may be falling apart quietly on the side-lines.
Palliative care patient volunteers are like living angels, they are client focused and do not judge a person’s situation. They are a part of a world where life limiting illness, death and grief are managed with respect and compassion.
“Sometimes it can be as simple as just sitting with someone and holding their hand, letting them know they are not alone,” said Lynne.
“I’ve been told I make a good coffee, and sometimes I take family members out for a coffee, to just give them some time off, it can be so overwhelming for family too,” said Rob
“I enjoy talking with people. Everyone has their own intriguing story, sometimes I think we can be told things that their family may not have ever heard. We all must celebrate life, no matter the circumstances and the end date,” said Marija.
Goulburn Valley Hospice are always looking out for new volunteers, so if you think this may be something you would like to give your time to, please reach out to them. Their not-for-profit organisation offer a range of support to help improve the quality of life to individuals confronted with a life limiting illness and facing their end of their life with the people around them. You would be involved in providing holistic care in the home.