June 2018

 Hello everyone,


Our fundraiser was a success with many people there enjoying the atmosphere and each other’s company. You will recall in your last newsletter I mentioned again we would be announcing our new project for VfPC.

 

We have made the decision that now is the right time for Maitland to have it’s own hospice. We are working towards a community hospice centre where medical and non-medical holistic support will be offered. We know from other models that volunteers are essential to the running of such a place and so we see that our service, with you, is in the best position to instigate this community project. 


I am having a community consultation on 19th June at East Maitland Bowling Club. Two one hour sessions will be held - 10.30am and 5.30pm. It will comprise of a workshop taking comments, and an opportunity for people to say what they would like to see in their hospice centre. We have a big picture goal but want community involvement and contributions. What do you think?


Recruiting again in July. We had people unable to attend the earlier one and have had more enquiries since, all before advertising. It will start on 18th July and finish with the half day on 1st August. You are welcome to attend a refresher subject and if you are available to come and share your experiences as a volunteer, I know how valued this contribution is by the newbies, so call me please.


There is a mystery in the office still, the 3/4 sleeve t-shirt that was left for embroidering but no name is still here. Is it yours?


I was fortunate to attend the first conference for Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers on 7th-8th May. It was a fabulous networking and information opportunity. Lots of ideas. Quite nurturing. Thank you Friends of Palliative Care for sponsoring me.


A BIG thank you to Lynette, her family and the volunteers who helped at our Bunnings BBQ last Sunday 3rd June. We just keep getting better and all monies raised help keep our service working in Maitland.


Check out our photos on Facebook of the event and graduation lunch.


Judith