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In 2008 we decided to have a competition for the volunteers to name their newsletter. Many names were entered and at an in-service meeting in September, the volunteers voted and chose Open Window. When you read the November 2008 edition you will see the meaning behind this title. Volunteers for Palliative Care produces six newsletters throughout the year which are distributed to volunteers and members of the community to keep them up-to-date with their organisation's events and service.

Copies can be downloaded from this page.

Open Window (Issue No.54) - Thursday, 10th August 2017

Hello everyone,
What a great attendance to our BBQ last month. Thank you again to our butcher Tom Myhill of East Maitland for donating his yummy produce for our BBQ...

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Open Window (Issue No.53) - Saturday, 10th June 2017

Hello everyone,
Coooool isn’t it?! And now some rain to help our gardens. But what a beautiful autumn. Got a cuppa on hand? There are a few dates to note and interesting requests to consider, so please read carefully...

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Open Window (Issue No.52) - Monday, 10th April 2017

Hello everyone,
Have you all started a fish pond in your back yard with alllll the rain? Last newsletter we talked about the heat wave and now it’s the rain...

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Open Window (Issue No.51) - Friday, 10th February 2017

Hello everyone,
Happy New Year to you.
I hope you have welcomed the new year in good health and joyful anticipation of the year ahead. I took this photo at the fireworks in Maitland NYE. Lovely reflection on the Hunter River. The night was great and fireworks really good. Great to see the thousands attending—so many families...

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Open Window (Issue No.50) - Saturday, 10th December 2016

It is almost time for 2017 to begin. Are you ready? We have kept up with the high demand on our transport service and that is only because we have the volunteers to provide it. A big thank you to you all. November was particularly ‘full on’. As I mentioned at your lunch on the 5th, sometimes the trips involved multiple locations as well...

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Open Window (Issue No.49) - Monday, 10th October 2016

I am going to start with my very happy news, my third grandchild arrived safely on 5th October, everyone happy and well. Wee Archie is here...

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Open Window (Issue No.48) - Wednesday, 10th August 2016

Can you believe we are up to August and that means, Spring is around the corner. What a weird winter we have had. I do hope you all managed to avoid most if not all the dreadful colds and lurgies that went around. Lots of lovely dates to put in your diaries coming up over the next two months, so have pen ready. (yes I still use a pen and diary instead of my phone too)...

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Open Window (Issue No.47) - Friday, 10th June 2016

Hello everyone,
The walkathon was another lovely morning this year. I saw one of our volunteers—Jo :-) who attends annually with friends. I managed the 10km with a PB this year! I did notice however, numbers in attendance were way down...

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Open Window (Issue No.46) - Monday, 11th April 2016

Hello everyone,
It was a lovely office opening morning on the 22nd February. For those unable to attend you can read the article and see great pictures on our facebook page and then like us...

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Open Window (Issue No.45) - Wednesday, 10th February 2016

Hello everyone,
Happy New Year! Did you enjoy your Christmas New Year holiday season? Now children are back to school the year feels like it is picking up again. Having said that we have had a very busy January with a lot referrals coming through. We started the new year in our lovely new office space and it has been lovely to see some of you popping in to say hello (and check out the new space ). Is it my imagination or have I seen more of you since we moved?...

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Open Window (Issue No.44) - Thursday, 10th December 2015

Hello everyone,
Tis the season… I’ll let you finish that. I find all the stress of buying for each other, or cooking meals that ‘travel well’ have a way of working out ok on the day. As you all know we have moved office now and it has been lovely to see some of you come and visit. I will plan a special office opening day for early next year. Good advertising for us too being IN the community again...

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Open Window (Issue No.43) - Tuesday, 13th October 2015

Hello everyone,
Well, spring has sprung and as I write this for you it feels like winter. I won’t be putting away my jumpers and rugs just yet! Our recent volunteer graduation was another special time welcoming our newest volunteers to the team. The movie night in Maitland was another successful fundraiser with great attendance and thanks to the power of our new Facebook page. Most facebook credit goes to new volunteer Susan we mean you for bringing in a big group of friends for the night. Look us up on facebook. Sue and I are learning on this new media for a community organisation such as ours, so happy to hear your helpful suggestions...

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Open Window (Issue No.42) - Monday, 10th August 2015

Hello everyone,
Spring isn’t too far away , I hope. Hasn’t it been cold of late! I do hope you and your family have kept warm and well and have enjoyed as much as possible the sunny days...

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Open Window (Issue No.40) - Friday, 10th April 2015

Hello everyone,
There is a lot coming up for you to be a part of: As mentioned in your last edition I am recruiting volunteers starting on the 14th April with their training. We have seven at the moment registered to attend. I would like you to look at the course subjects below and if you wish to either refresh your skills, meet the newer members of our team or are interested in participating in any of them call me so I can have the required information ready for you...

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Open Window (Issue No.23) - Tuesday, 10th April 2012

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all fairing well and the change in weather has been a welcome one for you. Although, some of us do prefer the hot weather, I hear. We are happy to bring you some lovely events over the next two months so I do hope you can join in and enjoy with your fellow volunteers...

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Open Window (Issue No.21) - Tuesday, 13th December 2011

Hello Everyone,
Well here we are, the end of 2011 and the start to a brand new year not far away. Although some may say the year has gone quickly, particularly the last few months, I reflect back on a busy and eventful year for VfPC. ...

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Open Window (Issue No.20) - Monday, 24th October 2011

Hello Everyone,
We are coming quickly to the end of the year. Our next newsletter will be just before Christmas so, what is in stall for you before then? Get your cuppa, pen and diaries so you don’t miss a thing...

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Open Window (Issue No.19) - Wednesday, 3rd August 2011

Hello Everyone,
This edition has a mix of important information for you to read. So get your cuppa, pen and diaries so you don’t miss a thing...

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Open Window (Issue No.18) - Friday, 10th June 2011

Hello Everyone,
I know we are experiencing a cold ‘snap’ but nothing compared to our neighbours in the northern hemisphere’s last winter when I heard that “it was so cold, the hitchhikers were holding up pictures of thumbs!” ...

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Open Window (Issue No.17) - Monday, 18th April 2011

It’s autumn and half way through April! My gracious how the year is chuggling along. In the month of May we have several points of interest ...

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Open Window (Issue No.16) - Monday, 21st February 2011

Hello Everyone,
Welcome everyone to the new year. 2011 is the start of a new decade as well which is incredible isn’t it? I am sure we just went into the 21st Century a couple of years ago! ...

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Open Window (Issue No.15) - Wednesday, 1st December 2010

Hello Everyone,
Here he is again. My cute reindeer. And who knows, with the weather the way it is, snow may not be so odd for Christmas! ...

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Open Window (Issue No.14) - Wednesday, 6th October 2010

Hello Everyone,
Spring has sprung and now all of a sudden we are in October. My! Time is marching on...

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Open Window (Issue No.13) - Wednesday, 4th August 2010

Hello Everyone,
Is anyone dry at the moment? I know I am acquiring some ‘lovely’ water features/ponds in my back yard at the moment! At least the tanks and hopefully the dams are filling up...

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Open Window (Issue No.12) - Thursday, 10th June 2010

Hello Everyone,
It is finally feeling like winter is coming. I hope you all keep rugged up and dry. Now straight to business.
MEMOS: It’s the end of the financial year, so remember that’s membership fees due too. Renewing membership is $8.00 ...

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Open Window (Issue No.11) - Wednesday, 31st March 2010

Hello Everyone,
This will be a short and sweet newsletter — Did you get the chockie pun?
The first date I need you to take a special note of is the 12th of April. This is the new date for Krishna’s presentation on grief and children...

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Open Window (Issue No.10) - Wednesday, 10th February 2010

Hello Everyone,
And our anniversary year 20 is here and we hope to enjoy so many wonderful events with you during the remaining months of 2010...

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Open Window (Issue No.9) - Thursday, 10th December 2009

Hello Everyone,
It’s the end of 2009 and again a lot of work has been put in both in the office and by all of you in the community. Thank You all for the time and commitment you have for VfPC...

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Open Window (Issue No.8) - Saturday, 10th October 2009

Hello Everyone,
The weather may not know which season it is but I hope you find some lovely events to attend as volunteers in this edition, regard-less of the weather outside. We have several cards from Therese on the notice board for you to read when in next. She sounds so happy and busy!...

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Open Window (Issue No.7) - Monday, 10th August 2009

Yes, Spring is only a few weeks away now, and as you will read there are a few more dates for you to look forward to...

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Open Window (Issue No.6) - Wednesday, 10th June 2009

Winter is here! With the winter solstice approaching I am learning that this was once looked upon as a time of rebirth or new beginnings...

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Open Window (Issue No.5) - Friday, 10th April 2009

For those of you who haven’t spoken or met Sue yet, Sue is our new admin. Sue started in February and is enjoying meeting you all and settling into her new role. Welcome Sue and I hope your time with us is happy and rewarding...

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Open Window (Issue No.4) - Tuesday, 10th February 2009

Welcome to 2009,
I would like to start with a quote from Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who said "Everything flows and nothing stays" . He was speaking of-course of change...

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Open Window (Issue No.3) - Monday, 10th November 2008

Hello everyone,
Is anyone else having problems with hay fever this season? At least everything is bloomin' gorgeous with new life. This is our last newsletter for 2008 and what a year it's been...

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Open Window (Issue No.2) - Wednesday, 10th September 2008

It is with pleasure that I inform you of the appointment of a Co-Ordinator for TLC Volunteers Maitland Inc. Judith Robinson was the successful applicant from the recent advertising and interviewing process...

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Open Window (Issue No.1) - Thursday, 10th July 2008

Hello everyone,
Winter at Last! I hope you and your families are keeping warm and well. How do you like the new format for your newsletter...

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