Mercy Health Albury is on the lookout to recruit some very special volunteers.
Mercy Health palliative care professionals will conduct interviews this month to find some new volunteer support workers.
Palliative care is a holistic support service available to families and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, who in many cases are nearing the end of their lives.
Support/Volunteer co-ordinator Louisa Thompson said at such times people are confronted with many unexpected experiences and feelings, including fear of what lies ahead, so it’s important to have appropriate support and information available to make the illness and experience less threatening.
She said palliative care aimed to empower people with information and education, which will enable them to decide the supports that best suit their individual and unique situation.
“We find our volunteers come from all walks of life,” Ms Thompson said.
“They can be male or female, they are young, middle or mature aged, and have a range of paid and unpaid working backgrounds.”
In her experience, she said she’d found the most successful volunteers were those who had confronted a “life changing” or serious issues in their own life.
Mercy Health Albury will conduct interviews towards the end of this month and the successful applicants will then participate in a six-day training program.