New brochures for palliative care

Dungog Shire Palliative Care Volunteers Tony Harvey, Sally Eddington, Margaret Jones and Lyn Moseley.Dungog Shire Palliative Care Volunteers are in the process of delivering their new brochures throughout the shire.

President of the group Margaret Jones said the new brochures have all up-to-date information about services they provide.

“People may not need them now, but we ask that you tuck them away somewhere for future reference,” Mrs Jones said.

“When our last brochures were printed there was nothing about the transport and linen services.

“Our first meeting was held in 1994 and our first volunteers were educated the following year.

“Back then we had visits and respite and only transport on a very small scale.

“The laundry was started in the early 2000s as many could see the need to relieve the pressure on the carers looking after someone at home.

“It started in a wooden shed (at the rear of the Dungog Hospital) before a new purpose shed was built.”

All services provided by the organisation are free and include visits to the home, transport to appointments including treatment, shopping and social outings, supply and launder linen and supply equipment.

“To avoid confusion voiced within the community, the volunteers are a separate body to Dungog and District Neighbourcare,” Mrs Jones said.

“And even though some of the services [of both organisations] are the same, ours are free.

“Everything we do is free and is not means tested.”

The group is very grateful to Lovey’s Supa IGA Plus Liquor for their token boxes which, over the years, has provided over $7000.

“The funding we receive is miniscule and this money has been used to put fuel in the car to take people away for appointments.

“Our box is now in a new location on the stand at Lovey’s but can be distinguished from the others by the coloured butterfly on the outside.

“The butterfly is the symbol of the palliative care volunteer services and it is our belief it embodies the spirit of palliative care.”

There are currently 10 active volunteers but there are all sorts of roles within the organisation.

“There are many ways people can support us aside from working with clients,” said Lyn Moseley who is on the executive committee.

“They can drive people to appointments, cook for our fundraising street stalls or help with the linen service.”

For more information on becoming a palliative care volunteer or helping in other areas phone Lyn Moseley on 4992 1827 or Sally Eddington on 4992 1769.

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