On Sunday 6 May, Volunteers for Palliative Care announced plans to build a community hospice for the Maitland region. To get this project up and running, over $1 Million dollars is required.
Launched at the annual Volunteers for Palliative Care fundraiser at Maitland Park, the people present at the announcement were able to hear first-hand the vision for this service.
“Providing people with a local community hospice for end of life support means, for some, the difference between having family with them at the end or not. Our centre will focus on providing holistic support and services, combining both medical and non-medical palliative care” said Judith Robinson, Volunteers for Palliative Care Manager and the project coordinator.
Engaging the community in the development of the centre is a main priority for the project team, who are looking at both government and private funding to provide the capital to start the centre.
“We want to deliver a service which is truly unique and caters for our Maitland community which is why we will be hosting a community forum in August. Until then, we are exploring lots of avenues for gaining the financial support we need to obtain the property and assets we need to be operational by 2020” said Ms Robinson.